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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 10+
Based on 2 reviews

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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

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 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 as well. The show is full of action-packed superhero versus villain fights, and characters are shown using weapons like guns, knives, swords, and more. 

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
Parent of a 13, 13, 14, and 15 year old Written byDio fry January 31, 2019

A return to form

This is a great animated action series that is fine for ages 6 and up

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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 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 them?

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