Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

2003 TV-PG 1 season

Spider-Man: The New Animated Series

2003 TV-PG 1 season
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With a voice cast almost as star-studded as the live-action films revolving around the same arachnid superhero, this animated series stars Neil Patrick Harris as a collegiate Spidey who seems to grapple equally with academics, romance, and bad 'uns.
Neil Patrick Harris, Lisa Loeb, Ian Ziering, Angelle Brooks, Suchin Pak, Stan Lee
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2003) - 2 discs

Taking over where the 2002 live-action blockbuster left off, this computer-animated television series watches spidey hero Peter Parker (voiced by Neil Patrick Harris) and his friends Harry Osborne (Ian Ziering) and Mary Jane Watson (Lisa Loeb) flounder through their first year at Empire State University. Academic, career and romantic struggles aside, Peter must also fight to protect the world from an unending list of villains.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man) is college-aged in this animated series spun off of the hit big-screen movie. He dates, kisses, and even allows a woman to sleep over at his apartment (speaking of which, most of the female characters have exaggerated figures, often with exposed flesh or generous bosoms). Spidey's battle against evil results in lots of cartoon violence, including villains wielding gigantic guns and regular near-death experiences, though all of the scenes are bloodless. Some scenes show Peter and his friends drinking cocktails.

Sexual Content

Exaggerated female figures, exposed flesh, sexy flirtation, guys checking out women, mild sexual innuendo, occasional kissing, an apparent co-ed sleepover.


Lots of tense violence and big, exaggerated weapons, bombs, and explosions. But there's no blood, and no one ever seems significantly hurt.


Peter Parker says "holy crap!" in at least one episode.

Social Behavior

Peter Parker is a good guy with good values. As Spider-Man, he always fights on the side of good. Meanwhile, villains are mean, violent, insulting, and criminal -- clearly "bad" guys.


There's lots of Spidey merchandise out there for young fans.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

College-age characters sometimes go out for cocktails.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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