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She-Ra and the
Princesses of Power
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Genre
Developed by Noelle Stevenson
Voices of
Opening theme "Warriors" by Aaliyah Rose
Ending theme "I Have The Power"
Composer(s) Sunna Wehrmeijer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Noelle Stevenson
  • Chuck Austen
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
  • Netflix
  • NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original network Netflix
Picture format HDTV 1080p
Audio format Stereo
Original release November 13, 2018 (2018-11-13) – May 15, 2020 (2020-05-15)
Chronology
Related shows

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is an American animated streaming television series developed by Noelle Stevenson and produced by DreamWorks Animation Television. Like the 1985 Filmation series She-Ra: Princess of Power, of which it is a reboot, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power tells the tale of Adora, a teenager who can transform into the heroine She-Ra and leads a group of other magical princesses in a rebellion against the evil Lord Hordak and his Horde.

The series premiered as a Netflix original program on November 13, 2018. Its fifth and final season was released on May 15, 2020.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power received critical acclaim, with particular praise for its diverse cast and the complex relationship between She-Ra and her best friend-turned-archenemy Catra. In 2019, the show was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming, as well as a Daytime Emmy Award at the 46th Daytime Emmy Awards.

Synopsis

See also: List of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power episodes

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is set on the planet Etheria and follows the stories of Adora and Catra, orphans who were raised to be soldiers in the Horde. They are part of an evil army led by Hordak, a tyrannical despot who dreams of conquering the planet. One day, after getting lost in the woods, Adora finds a magic sword that transforms her into the legendary Princess of Power, She-Ra. Realizing the Horde is actually evil and has been inflicting suffering on Etheria and its inhabitants, Adora decides to join the Rebellion in the fight against the Horde. She helps rebuild the Princess Alliance, a league of kingdoms ruled by other magical girls that once all opposed Hordak. However, Adora's newfound allegiance to the Rebellion pits her against Catra, her former best friend, whose feelings of betrayal and abandonment twist her personal ambitions and lead her to become Adora's mortal enemy. Much of the show centers around their conflict.

In the first season, Adora helps reassemble the Princess Alliance, which successfully defends the rebel stronghold of Bright Moon against the Horde's assault. Meanwhile, Catra rises in the ranks to become Hordak's second-in-command.

In the second and third seasons, Hordak attempts to build an interdimensional portal which will allow him to contact his creator, the warlord Horde Prime. Catra activates the portal even though it threatens to tear the planet apart, and rebellion leader Queen Angella sacrifices herself to stop it.

In the fourth season, friction arises between Adora and her friend Glimmer (Angella's daughter and the new queen of Bright Moon) when Adora learns that her sword is the key to an ancient superweapon inside Etheria. While Catra convince Hordak to be her co-leader of the Horde, Glimmer then attempts to use the superweapon to win the war, though, Etheria is pulled through a portal, becoming vulnerable to attack by Horde Prime's armada. In order to prevent the weapon from activating, Adora destroys her sword, losing access to her She-Ra powers; in the confusion, Glimmer, Hordak and Catra are captured by Horde Prime.

The fifth and final season follows Adora's journey to liberate Etheria from Horde Prime's reign. Adora rescues Catra and Glimmer from Horde Prime's ship, rediscovering her She-Ra powers in the process, but in the meantime Horde Prime has subdued much of Etheria with his mind-control capabilities. The princesses and Catra (who decided to redeem herself) work together to disable Horde Prime's hivemind and stop him from accessing Etheria's ancient superweapon. In the end, while Hordak (who had a change of heart) turns against Horde Prime, it is Adora and Catra's love for each other that enables She-Ra to destroy both the weapon and Horde Prime, and save the universe from his tyrannical reign.

Cast and characters

See also: List of She-Ra: Princess of Power and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power characters
  • Aimee Carrero as Adora / She-Ra
    • LaLa Nestor as young Adora
  • AJ Michalka as Catra
    • Juliet Donenfeld as young Catra
  • Karen Fukuhara as Glimmer, Princess of Bright Moon
  • Marcus Scribner as Bow
  • Reshma Shetty as Angella, Queen of Bright Moon
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Shadow Weaver
  • Keston John as Hordak, Horde Prime, Grizzlor, Admiral Scurvy, Wrong Hordak, Horde Sergeant, Horde clones and additional voices
  • Lauren Ash as Scorpia
  • Christine Woods as Entrapta, Princess of Dryl
  • Genesis Rodriguez as Perfuma, Princess of Plumeria; and additional voices
  • Jordan Fisher as Sea Hawk, Seneschal, and Soda Pop
  • Vella Lovell as Mermista, Princess of Salineas
  • Merit Leighton as Frosta, Princess of the Kingdom of Snows
  • Sandra Oh as Castaspella
  • Krystal Joy Brown as Netossa, rebel princess
  • Noelle Stevenson as Spinnerella, rebel princess, and Serenia
  • Morla Gorrondona as Light Hope and additional voices
  • Grey Griffin as Razz and additional voices
  • Adam Ray as Swift Wind
  • Geena Davis as Huntara
  • Zehra Fazal as Mara
  • Chris Jai Alex as George, one of Bow's fathers
  • Regi Davis as Lance, one of Bow's fathers
  • Dana Davis as Lonnie and additional voices
  • Antony Del Rio as Kyle and additional voices
  • Daniel Dae Kim as Micah, King of Bright Moon
    • Taylor Gray as young Micah
  • Jake Eberle as Norwyn and Tung Lashor
  • Jacob Tobia as Double Trouble
  • Amanda C. Miller as Flutterina and additional voices
  • Amy Landecker as Octavia
  • Alex Blue Davis as Jewelstar
  • Ashley Eckstein as Tallstar
  • Melissa Fumero as Starla
  • John Lavelle as Peekablue

Broadcast and promotion

Episodes

List of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power episodes

Promotion

A first teaser trailer released in September 2018 showcased Adora's transformation into She-Ra. Longer trailers were released in October and November 2018. On January 24, 2019, the network announced the series' renewal for a second season, which debuted on April 26 of that year. A third season was released on August 2, 2019. The fourth season was released on November 5, 2019. The fifth and final season was released on May 15, 2020.

As a novelty for a television series, the series' website is available in a virtual reality format, and is set up to present the user with a virtual crystal palace.

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