Young Justice: Outsiders

TV review by
Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media
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Animated series breathes new life into superhero sidekicks.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value
Positive Messages

There's a clear emphasis on teamwork, determination, and courage among the members of this team.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This crew of superhero sidekicks fights for what's right, but they don't always agree on the best way to go about it. Rules are broken, but it's usually in the interest of the greater good.

Violence & Scariness

Characters do get hurt in this universe, various types of weapons are used (knives, guns) in action-packed battles. There's a plotline focused on the abduction of children, who become the subjects of scientific experimentation against their will.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

A wide array of merchandise featuring various characters from this show (and others from the DC Comics universe) already exists; more is likely to be made to tie in with the reboot of this particular series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adult characters are shown with glasses of wine at a romantic dinner.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Young Justice: Outsiders is a long-awaited reboot/continuation of the animated Cartoon Network series Young Justice, which ended in 2013 after two seasons. The series features many of the same DC Comics characters as in the previous incarnation, with a host of new additions. The show is full of action-packed superhero-versus-villain fights, and characters are shown using weapons like guns, knives, swords, and more. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCallemRan February 14, 2019

Good but some things here and there

This show is good, if you watched the other seasons it follows the formula basically. But you should know that Outsiders doesn't play on a "kids"... Continue reading
Adult Written byvibraniumfaller918 February 19, 2020

Inaccurate review

No disrespect, but the official review is highly innacurate. Compared to previous seasons, Young Justice: Outsiders has much more violence and gruesome moments.... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byHannah Edmonds February 22, 2019

Dark.

It got dark. People die on screen, there's heavy violence and strong implications of sex. Kids die and get trafficked, very much reflecting the real world... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFawnSleet606155 May 15, 2020

It's still good, but they made it not so kid-friendly.

Young Justice is the best superhero show. It was for all ages, until it got to Season 3. It got downhill real quick. It became darker, more violent, and has som... Continue reading

What's the story?

YOUNG JUSTICE: OUTSIDERS is an animated superhero series streaming on the DC Universe platform, which continues the storylines set forth in the well-loved (yet short-lived) Cartoon Network series of the same name from 2010. The show focuses on teenage and young-adult superheroes and sidekicks who function as a sort of offshoot of the Justice League, and the various challenges they face. Outsiders picks up two years after the previous series' storyline ended, and finds our heroes struggling to shut down a worldwide "meta-human" trafficking ring, in which young kids are being abducted and experimented on against their will. The team encounters aliens, evil scientists, clones, assassins, and various other nefarious forces -- but their biggest challenge of all may be figuring out how to work together when they don't always agree on the best way to handle these threats.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way the characters in Young Justice: Outsiders handle conflict -- both with the villains they battle, and among themselves.

  • How do the characters in Young Justice: Outsiders demonstrate teamwork and courage? Why are these important character strengths?

  • Who is your favorite character from the series? What traits do you admire about him or her?

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