Parents' Guide to

Young Justice: Outsiders

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Animated series breathes new life into superhero sidekicks.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Much more violent than first 2 seasons

I know it’s been said already, but because the show switched from Cartoon Network to streaming online between seasons 2 and 3 Young Justice: Outsiders, and the 4th season Young Justice: Phantoms, are significantly more mature, violent, and aimed more towards older teens and adults. There is a character introduced in this season that comes back to life every time she is killed, and she is killed often, in very violent, bloody ways. There’s also a character decapitated, a villain kills his own daughter by snapping her neck, and so much more violence this season. There is also much more sexual innuendo and some mild cursing now. Common sense a should do a bit more viewing before they post these reviews. Show is still a very good comic book series, but definitely for teens and up. It tells a great mature serialized story with so many DC characters. The diversity on show is also awesome! This is definitely not ok for ages 7+ The rating even changed to TV-14.
age 15+

Massive shift in tone

They have straight up gore in this. A man with half his chest ripped off and exposed ribcage, organs and half a face with no eye in his socket. Season 1 is fine for young kids, 2 I'd recommend for teens as it tackles heavier stuff but if you don't want your kid exposed to gore then don't let them watch season 3. Still a good show hands down but don't let the "7+" rating on here decieve you

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (9 ):

If you're new to these characters, it may be a tad daunting to jump right in (especially given the heavily serialized nature of the episodes), but the overall story arc is easy enough to follow. While there are certain references you'll only get if you've boned up on the previous two seasons, the universality of good versus evil themes means Young Justice: Outsiders won't be ruined for you if you haven't made time for them. Fans will welcome the return of well-loved characters such as Dick Grayson, aka Nightwing (Jesse McCartney); Miss Martian (Danica McKellar); and Black Lightning (Khary Payton), while newcomers Geo-Force and Halo make worthwhile additions to the roster. The animation is sharp and expressive, and the action scenes pull no punches: Parents should be forewarned that characters do die on this show, and weapons of various kinds are employed by heroes and villains alike. Viewers who loved the original series, and those who just love superheroes in general, should find much to enjoy here.

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