SheZow is an Australian-Canadian animated superhero comedy television series. It features the adventures of a boy who inadvertently inherits the role of a superheroine, which imposes an explicit feminine theme to his costumed appearance and equipment.
|Created by||Obie Scott Wade|
|Directed by||Gillian Carr|
|Theme music composer|
|Opening theme||"SheZow", vocals by Jeff Gunn and Christopher Elves|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26 (52 segments)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|First shown in||Australia|
|Original release||15 December 2012 –|
2 November 2013
It began airing on Network Ten in Australia on 15 December 2012. The series is aimed at children from 6 to 11 years old. Produced by Moody Street Kids and Kickstart Productions, it is distributed by DHX Media, and funded in part by Film Victoria. It was designed by Australian artist Kyla May.
As of December 2013[update], 52 eleven-minute episodes have been made, which are broadcast in pairs to make one season of 26 half-hour episodes. In a 2013 interview, Wade expressed interest in making a second season.
The series' protagonist, a 12-year-old boy named Guy Hamdon, discovers the superheroine SheZow's ring of power inherited from his late Aunt Agnes; then subsequently transforms into a female costumed crime-fighter by uttering the phrase "You Go Girl!"
While the power ring does grant him superpowers, it was only meant to be worn by a girl, so Guy must wear a female superhero costume while fighting crime.
- Jacquie Brennan as Sheila, Tara, Grilla, Null, Madame Curiador
- Lyall Brooks as Brian Smirk, Tattoosalla, Coldfinger, Mocktopus, Wackerman, Senior Yo-Yo, Count Pussenbite, Mister Cylinder, Mega Monkey, Caped Koala, Crash Thunder, Aristotle, Brouhaha, Dr. Frankenweather, Fibberachee, Maj. Attitude, Manny Ken, Void, Periwinkle, Spit Bubble, Moocher, Pirate Posse, Dudley, Kelli, Captain XL, Mayor Stanley, Link, Sarcazmo, Wishington, Tad, McSniff, Legal Cat
- David-Myles Brown as Guy/SheZow (Australia & New Zealand only), Moocher, Pirate Posse
- Dan Hamill as Officer Boxter, Candy Rapper, Le Pigeon, Moocher, Freddie Fartonavich
- Matt Hill as Maz
- Diana Kaarina as Kelly
- Justin Kennedy as Big Chow Slim
- Elizabeth Nabben as Droosha, Aunt Agnes, Mrs. Creature, Baby Scarington, Uma Thermal
- Samuel Vincent as Guy/SheZow (North America only), SheZap
- Cecelia Ramsdale as Gal/DudePow, Maizy, Wanda
- Terry Klassen – voice supervisor
- Dale Warren – voice director / sound designer / sound mixer
Development and productionEdit
This section is missing information about why American animator Obie Scott Wade teamed up with Australian and Canadian companies rather than American studio for this show.January 2018)(
The concept was originally created by Obie Scott Wade as a short film for Disney Channel's Shorty McShorts' Shorts in 2007, which in turn was based on a more adult-oriented short of his named SheeZaam.
In a 2013 interview, Wade stated that the inspiration for SheZow was based on his experiences of watching Saturday-morning cartoons and a general love for superheroes. "When I was a kid I watched a show on Saturday mornings called Shazam! ... it was Shazam and Isis and I just thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if he accidentally said 'SHE-zam,' would he get a different costume or become a different hero?" He added that a lot of the facets to SheZow's mythology came about from the women writers on his team. "I asked the women on my team ... what would be a good weakness for a woman superhero and they all said, 'Bad hair!' ... A lot of the gadgets and jokes [for 'SheZow'] came from women."
Controversy over genderbending characterEdit
SheZow has a gender-bending character named Guy Hamdon, who transforms into the titular heroine. However, the show gained attention from anti-LGBT activists who claimed that Hamdon would "confuse children about gender," with GLAAD saying that the show is appropriate and that the concept of a superhero having a new persona to be a crime fighter is "very familiar to children." The creator of the show, Obie Scott Wade, denied claims by those such as Ben Shapiro on Breitbart News on the show, stating that there was no "political agenda," and that the critics were reading "a lot into it," saying that the show focuses more on the responsibility of the protagonist and "less about gender." He also said that gender issues were not explored much in the show, and stated in another interview that "SheZow is not transgendered" but is a boy whose gender "never changes" as he is trapped "in a silly costume."
|No.||Title||Written by||Original air date|
|1a||"SheZow Happens"||Obie Scott Wade||15 December 2012|
|Guy and his family move into their Great Aunt Agnes' house that was handed down to the Hamdon's after her death. During the process of unpacking Guy and his sister Kelly Hamdon discover the power ring belonging to the city's current super heroine; SheZow. After jokingly wearing the ring, Guy mistakenly becomes the female super hero- upon discovery the main protagonists go through the process of discovering the hero's powers, super lair, and equipment that comes with said duties.|
|1b||"Cold Finger"||Lazar Saric||15 December 2012|
|Appearing at SheZow Con, SheZow pleases and answers a Q&A of SheZow Trivia; In the process of the con, Guy (SheZow) runs into a known nemesis of the super heroine formally known as Coldfinger.|
|2a||"Makin' Bank"||Obie Scott Wade||16 December 2012|
|After stopping a robbery taking place in Megadale's national savings, SheZow is caught on security footage making an illegal withdrawal from the bank that is later spent on a video game SheZow and his sidekick have had their eyes on; it's up to Guy, Kelly, and Maz to get their hands on the security footage to decease Guy from shrinking to nonexistence under the noses of the Megadale Police.|
|2b||"Super Sidekick"||Brendan Luno||16 December 2012|
|After Maz saves the day, Guy resents an emotion of jealousy towards his former sidekick; causing the friendship between the two to split apart.|
|3a||"Glamageddon"||Tania Lacy & Obie Scott Wade||21 December 2012|
|SheZow appears on the famous talk show of "Gideon Gushy", soon being (unknowingly) face to face with SheZow's old ex-crime fighter/ best friend, Tara- who soon followed the foot steps of evil. After a moment of unknowing ignorance, SheZow is soon challenged to a glamour battle against the former villain- seeking advice from the only woman figure he knows.|
|3b||"SheZap"||Tania Lacy & Obie Scott Wade||21 December 2012|
|After discarding advice from his sister Kelly on keeping SheZow's appearance and hygiene at maintenance, Guy causes a discarded finger nail to become a new threat to Megadale; but this villain has a "green and nasty" twist to a certain super hero.|
|4a||"S.I.C.K. Day"||Lazar Saric||22 December 2012|
|One of SheZow's former villains known by Mega Monkey develops a plan to gather a gang of Megadale's most "threatening" villains, but instead of capturing SheZow to stop the inevitable from happening to him; they manage to embarrass and belittle one of Megadale's police force officers known as Guy and kelly's father (Boxter Hamdon).|
|4b||"Stuck Up"||Josh Hamilton||22 December 2012|
|Guy's huge ego causes him to get Ego-itis; causing household objects and lair equipment to force-ably stick to him, giving his sister Kelly the opportunity to abuse the as she claims "cure" for her brother to do anything she demands for her. Will his head shrink down to size, or will everything blow up in his face?|
|5a||"SheZow Meets DudePow"||Keith Wagnar||23 December 2012|
|SheZow meets DudePow; the alternate reality version of SheZow, after a failed attempt to defeat SheZow's nemesis. They then must team up to defeat ColdFinger and the alternate reality's villain; Grilla. Although, they can't stand each other! Or is it the total opposite?|
|5b||"ShePhat"||Dennis Haley & Marcy Brown||23 December 2012|
|Guy's sponsorship with Fizzburp makes him fat. Can Shezow capture villains, or will crime roam free?|
|6a||"Guy and Doll"||Becky Overton||28 December 2012|
|Guy is caught in a dream. Or is it real?|
|6b||"Family Tree"||Ann Austen||28 December 2012|
|Guy travels through time to visit his ancestors and save them from Megamonkey.|
|7a||"Babysitter Jitters"||John Hardman||29 December 2012|
|Kelly and Maz get younger with an anti-aging cream, with Shezow as a babysitter.|
|7b||"No Tattoo 4 U"||Obie Scott Wade||29 December 2012|
|Shezow faces off against Tattoozala and renews her super hero license.|
|8a||"A Walk in My Heels"||Kevin Sullivan||30 December 2012|
|After Guy's stunt, Kelly thinks she has superpowers.|
|8b||"She-T"||Brendan Luno||30 December 2012|
|Shezow has to stop aliens before they steal the Earth's oceans.|
|9a||"BrouHaHa"||Dennis Haley & Marcy Brown||6 July 2013|
|Shezow has to stop a comedian called Brouhaha.|
|9b||"Shehicle Pickle"||Keith Wagnar||6 July 2013|
|Shezow has to get his glamrock for the shehicle.|
|10a||"Momnesia"||Josh Hamilton||13 July 2013|
|Droosha learns Guy is Shezow.|
|10b||"Facsimilady"||Denise Downer||13 July 2013|
|A cleaning robot gets out of control.|
|11a||"She Pal"||Justin Kennedy||20 July 2013|
|Wanda interviews Shezow and Guy tries to keep his secret.|
|11b||"Le Pigeon"||Ray Boseley||20 July 2013|
|Shezow battles Le Pigeon, a bird fighting for bird rights.|
|12a||"In She-D"||Kate Knechtel||27 July 2013|
|After using expired vanishing cream, Guy starts to disappear.|
|12b||"Fibberachee"||Mark Fellows||27 July 2013|
|A jealous star hypnotizes his fans to destroy Shezow.|
|13a||"Sarcazmo the Great"||S. Armstrong & S. Krause||3 August 2013|
|A wacky reality tv show host builds a pool for the Hamdon family.|
|13b||"SheSquatch"||Carter Crocker||3 August 2013|
|Shezow rescues a SheSquatch from a park ranger.|
|14a||"Fortune Kooky"||Kevin Nemeth||10 August 2013|
|Guy gets great fortune from a fortune cookie.|
|14b||"Black Is the New Pink"||Chris Carter||10 August 2013|
|Shezow tries to get a graphic novel by trying a new look.|
|15a||"Mr. Nice Guy"||Eric Truehart||17 August 2013|
|Shezow gets super-empathy and doesn't fight his enemies.|
|15b||"Dental Breakdown"||Dan Reheuser (story)|
Lazar Saric and Obie Scott Wade (teleplay)
|17 August 2013|
|Guy loses a tooth and it corrupts a tooth fairy.|
|16a||"Crash Thunder"||Tommy Campbell||24 August 2013|
|A wrestler forfeits a match out of fear and Guy tries to get to the bottom of it.|
|16b||"Meet Dr. Frankenweather"||Dan Reheuser (story)|
Ray Boseley (teleplay)
|24 August 2013|
|An ex-weatherman makes crazy weather.|
|17a||"Maz Junior"||Dan Reheuser (story)|
Becky Overton (teleplay)
|31 August 2013|
|Maz and Guy save an endangered animal from a wealthy, illegal animal collector.|
|17b||"Uncommon Cold"||Brendan Luno||31 August 2013|
|Shezow gets a super cold.|
|18a||"Transformation Overload"||Carter Crocker||7 September 2013|
|Guy can't control his transformation and gets a new power|
|18b||"Wishington"||Ray Boseley||7 September 2013|
|Guy goes overboard with wishing|
|19a||"PSA-Lister"||Josh Hamilton||14 September 2013|
|Shezow becomes a PSA lister and more popular on the air waves.|
|19b||"Friend or Faux"||Josh Worth (story)|
Carter Crocker, Obie Scott Wade and Josh Worth (teleplay)
|14 September 2013|
|Anita Job takes Kelly's place as Shezow Club President, after Kelly argues with Shezow.|
|20a||"SheZow for a Day"||Brendan Luno||21 September 2013|
|Kelly gets to be Shezow for one day.|
|20b||"No Girls Allowed"||Ann Austen||21 September 2013|
|A male superhero chauvinist group rejects Shezow.|
|21a||"Unplugged"||Dan Reheuser (story)|
Philip Dalkin (teleplay)
|28 September 2013|
|Sheila goes away after Guy misuses her.|
|21b||"Lawn Gone Mad"||Obie Scott Wade||28 September 2013|
|Evil plants try to destroy Shezow.|
|22a||"Evil Villains Day"||Brendan Luno||5 October 2013|
|Villains take over and it's illegal to stop them.|
|22b||"Vampire Cats in Zombie Town"||Eric Truehart||5 October 2013|
|Guy accidentally brings video game villain Count Pussenbite to life.|
|23a||"SheZon's Greetings"||Vivian Geffen (story)|
Dan Reheuser, Obie Scott Wade & Merriwether Williams
|12 October 2013|
|Santa Claus is being held captive by Tatooselah and SheZow comes to his rescue and helps him deliver Christmas presents.|
|23b||"Snow Way, Dude!"||Doug MacLeod||12 October 2013|
|Cold Finger is freed from his snow globe prison and plans to do the same to SheZow.|
|24a||"Hot Rocks"||Nate Knetchel||19 October 2013|
|While trying to prevent the Earth from exploding, SheZow and Maz meet a rock-n-roll loving lava monster.|
|24b||"SheZap is Whack"||Obie Scott Wade||19 October 2013|
|SheZap seals Guy in a glamrock in order to steal the Shehicle.|
|25a||"Missing Link"||Ray Boseley||26 October 2013|
|SheZow and Maz find Maz's long lost uncle Link.|
|25b||"Null and Void"||Brendan Luno||26 October 2013|
|Foreign exchange students Null and Void come to Megadale to defeat SheZow.|
|26a||"Supernatural History"||Ann Austen||2 November 2013|
|Madame Curiador plans to steal SheZow's ring for a museum exhibit.|
|26b||"DudePow Returns"||Keith Wagner||2 November 2013|
|DudePow brings SheZow to his dimension to help fight Mega Monkey.|
In the United States, it was added to the schedule lineup of the Hub Network (now Discovery Family) on 1 June 2013. In the United Kingdom, the series was on Pop Max in 2016. It is shown on 10 Peach (formerly Eleven) and 7TWO in Australia. Series 1 was streaming on Netflix from 2015 to 2017. It was later aired on Discovery Family from 22 November to 27 December 2015.
The show was considered controversial by several Christian groups for using cross-dressing and transvestism as a source of humour, with One Million Moms, an affiliate of the American Family Association being one of the groups targeting it. In response, series creator Obie Scott Wade stated, "SheZow is not transgendered. He's a boy, his gender never changes, he's just trapped in a silly costume." He also added that he doesn't find it child-inappropriate at all, because the idea came to him in his youth.
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