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Henry Danger

Henry Danger

Spring 2015 Television
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: Nickelodeon
Rating: TV G

Henry Danger, a live-action half-hour sit-com, places average 13-year old Henry Hart in an anything-but-average after-school job -- as the sidekick to the town's superhero, Captain Man.

Turns out that being a superhero's sidekicks has its ups and downs. Sure, it's great to battle villains and fight crime, but Henry also has to hide his secret identity as Kid Danger from his family and friends, not to mention manage the everyday dramas of teenage life. (Think Hannah Montana-Superhero edition.)

In the pilot episode, Henry replies to a seemingly innocuous want-ad only to discover the true nature of the job. Before the interview is even over, he finds himself fighting a shady character and success there helps him overcome his hesitations and sign on as the superhero's sidekick. In other episodes, Henry usually ends up in a pickle when his "real" life and "secret life" overlap, for instance, a villain masquerades as a substitute teacher at school, or a mysterious device turns up and affects Henry's behavior on a date.

The tone and execution of this sit-com is straight out of the Hannah Montana playbook, with exaggerated performances from precocious kid actors and lots of canned laughter at the expected jokes and silly physical comedy. The scripts are also peppered with mild gross-out language (poop, boobs, and the like) and there's some very mild violence as Henry and Captain Man battle the bad guys, although they're really more comic than evil. The success of the stories relies on the performances of Captain Man and Kid Danger and in that area, the cast has it covered. Actor Cooper Barnes gives an amusing tongue-in-cheek performance as the superhero and young actor Jace Norman definitely keeps pace as Henry.

Henry Danger is light-hearted escapist entertainment, a sit-com that offers an interesting situation and adequate physical and scripted comedy. Take it for what it is.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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