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The Series: Young Justice
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: The sidekicks of the world’s finest heroes team up to form their own superhero team, going on covert missions that the high-profile Justice League can no longer do, all while juggling teenage angst and adolescence. But that lighthearted premise gets thrown out the window after season 1, when Young Justice fully embraces its serialized storytelling and takes some surprising, emotionally affecting turns.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: I tuned into Young Justice way back when it first debuted on Cartoon Network in 2010 as the “cooler,” more “hip” alternative to Teen Titans, which begun its slow transformation into superhero Looney Tunes. I was one of the idiots who watched Teen Titans for the plot, and was eager for a new teen superhero show that could give me that balance of soap and superhero action that I craved. Though I was skeptical of Young Justice and how it appeared to lift the team dynamics straight from Teen Titans (the leader Robin, the Black character as the strongman, the fast-talking comic relief, the alien girl), I was immediately hooked. And then I was slowly heartbroken as Cartoon Network pushed Young Justice to the backburner, even as it became more comfortable in its own skin and ventured into more complicated narratives, eventually canceling the show because of its low toy sales. But then a miracle: DC Universe brought Young Justice back for a third season in 2019, which I couldn’t watch because it was on DC Universe. But Young Justice is finally on HBO Max in its entirety, and it was worth the nearly decade-long wait.
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The good news is that all the original DC Comics shows that previously called DC Universe their home will continue to live on at HBO Max. And if you’re a current DC Universe subscriber, you can easily upgrade to HBO Max for a limited time promotional price. Get all the details below. Read More »
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