Courtney Whitmore (aka Stargirl) is smart, athletic and above all else, kind. This high school teenager’s seemingly perfect life hits a major speed bump when her mother gets married and her new family moves from Los Angeles, California, to Blue Valley, Nebraska. Struggling to adapt to a new school, make new friends and deal with a new step-family, Courtney discovers her step-father has a secret; he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. ‘Borrowing’ the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, Courtney becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.
Creator: Geoff Johns
Cast: Brec Bassinger, Luke Wilson, Anjelika Washington, Amy Smart
Where to Watch: HBOmax
Review: Stargirl is a welcome entry into the superhero television world that touches on issues of morality, the different types of families, and the importance of helping each other. The outsider girl discovering a superpower in a small-town high school scenario is very Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but that is no bad thing. In fact, it is the shot in the arm these superhero series need. Stargirl occupies a singular niche among DC’s TV canon, a prestige production that isn’t afraid to show off its emotional range. It is neither grim nor frivolous. It’s just a good time — and who doesn’t want that every once in awhile?
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn