As my daughter gets older, the activities we can enjoy together continues to change. Local neighborhood playgrounds and kiddie discovery museums just don’t cut it anymore. Fortunately, mother-daughter movie nights are a trusty standby for family bonding. The last series we binged together was actually Munchkin’s pick. She was nudging me to check out the DC superhero series, Supergirl, with her and I’m glad I did!
Giving Supergirl a Chance During Mother-Daughter Movie Nights
At first, I was pretty reluctant to give this series a try. Even a couple episodes in I was still wincing at the super nerdy silly corniness. But, the story soon started to grow on me. It’s like a girly tween version of the Flash but with more giddiness. Almost all the episodes in season one are clean enough to watch together with my daughter. The reviews mention that this show was created for girls ages 13-15 and I’d have to agree. As it turns out, though, that is the target age group Munchkin happens to be in. 😛
The series revolves around Kara, a Kryptonian sent to Earth to protect her younger cousin. Too bad her space pod got knocked off course, trapped in the Phantom Zone, kept her as a 13-year-old, and didn’t arrive until after her cousin was fully grown and already saving Metropolis as Clark Kent aka Superman. Without a purpose or a home planet to return to, Kara was adopted and grew up hiding her powers. Season one focuses on her life as she come becomes Supergirl and the growing pains that come with that.
Supergirl Review & Family-Friendly Watching
Supergirl has a lot of action as Kara faces new enemies. She does this alongside her sister, boss/mentor, and two friends/love interests. Character relationships aren’t deep but they work well and have room for growth. There’s a lot of forced “girl power” but, with most superhero series highlighting male leads, it’s excusable. This series paves new roads for young female fans so that’s definitely a good thing. I just wish they didn’t keep talking about things going so good for her as a pretty blond cheerleader. I also like the diversity featured. It comes off awkwardly monochrome at first but there’s a more natural mix as the series progresses.
We really enjoyed season one on Netflix as it’s light and family-friendly. It’s not too violent, doesn’t have much innuendo, little to no swearing, and romance doesn’t go beyond a kiss here or there (except in one episode Kara uses x-ray vision and says, “Eiuw!”). Munchkin and I had fun watching the first twenty episodes. Season two (currently airing) touches on more mature themes and just isn’t fun anymore. My advice? Watch season one with your daughter(s) and stop there for a nice feel-good binge. 🙂
More Mother-Daughter Movie Night Ideas
Of course, there are plenty of other series you can watch. These will change depending on your interests and the ages of your girls. Here are a few suggestions you can check out!
- Beat Bugs: Season 2
- Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life
- Fuller House
- The Jungle Book (11/30)
I received a year subscription of Netflix and a device to stream the content as part of the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions are my own.