Family-Friendly Fantasy Soars with Supergirl

Written by PTC | Published September 14, 2015

Supergirl1 This delightful superhero series is perfect for families – especially girls. As the planet Krypton neared its end, two spaceships were launched. One contained baby Kal-El; the other, his twelve-year-old cousin Kara, who was supposed to watch over the baby. But Kal-El’s ship reached Earth first, and the infant grew to be our greatest hero, Superman. When Kara arrived, she was raised by the Danvers, and gained an adoptive sister, Alex. Today, the grown Kara works as an intern for billionaire media mogul Cat Grant…but when needed, she defends the city as Supergirl! From the same showrunners responsible for the CW’s Arrow and The Flash, Supergirl is much lighter, cheerful, and upbeat. Series star Melissa Benoist is a delight in her dual role; humorously mousy and shy as Kara, appropriately determined and heroic as Supergirl. Though there is some fantasy violence on the program; Kara is shot at, but as Supergirl is of course immune to bullets, and she is thrown around and through buildings, but again suffers no harm. In fact, the show’s violence is substantially less than that found in such theatrical movies as Iron Man. There were also no references to sex or foul language, at least in the first episode, thus making Supergirl ideal for children. For far, far too long – since the 1970s series Wonder Woman – a strong, brave, kind, and heroic woman character appropriate for even the youngest children has been missing from the small screen. Happily, this has been amended. As a character says in the first episode: “A female hero? I’d like my daughter to have someone like that to look up to.” Now, America’s girls – and boys – have such just such a character in Supergirl. Supergirl premieres Monday, October 26th at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS.

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