Superman: The Animated Series

1996 TV-PG 3 seasons

Superman: The Animated Series

1996 TV-PG 3 seasons
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The WB's animated take on Superman garnered an Emmy nomination and features anime-like graphics, fast-paced action and gritty story lines as it retells the story of Kal-El from the planet Krypton, who grows up to become a superhero on Earth. Disguised as reporter Clark Kent in his ordinary life, Superman (voiced by Tim Daly) uses his amazing physical prowess to battle villains such as Lex Luthor (Clancy Brown) and Darkseid (Michael Ironside).
Tim Daly, Dana Delany, David Kaufman, Clancy Brown
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (1996) - 3 discs

Featuring the first 18 episodes of the action-packed animated series, this set of installments kicks off with the extraterrestrial's arrival on Earth and follows his ensuing double life as mild-mannered Clark Kent and the patriotic Man of Steel. Defending America from villains, the cape-clad superhero fends off myriad criminals, including his mortal enemy Lex Luthor. Extras include two shorts about Superman's friends and the making of the series.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this take on the Man of Steel is a mature, serious cartoon. Although not quite as dark as other DC Comics spin-offs -- such as Batman Beyond and Justice League -- this adaptation still has its share of edgier content, including some innuendoes and violence.

Sexual Content

Some innuendoes, and some female characters have slightly risque body language and attire.


Very little bloodshed, but fairly frequent fistfights that often result in death.


Lots of dry humor -- nothing inappropriate, but over the head of some kids.

Social Behavior

Superman is a noble role model with integrity who defends the greater good.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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