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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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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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.
Who is your favorite character from the series? What traits do you admire about him or her?
- Premiere date: January 4, 2019
- Cast: Jesse McCartney, Danica McKellar, Alyson Stoner, Maggie Q, Troy Baker, Steve Blum
- Network: DC Universe
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Superheroes, Book Characters, Space and Aliens
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Available on: Streaming
- Award: Common Sense Seal
- Last updated: March 13, 2020
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