TV review by Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Fun spy show is more about comedy than danger.

NBC Comedy 2007

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 43 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 8+

Fun for the whole family

My wife and I both love this show. We watched it when it came out and have since started letting our son (7) watch some episodes. My wife and I like jokes with pop culture references and our son likes slapstick so we all win. But... We don't like guns and don't let him play with pretend guns or play video games with guns, but there are some guns in this show (nothing worse than Star Wars Episode IV). We really appreciate that Chuck (main character) does not like guns either and never uses one (in later seasons he does have a tranquiler gun). He often tells the other characters to not shoot people. There is more sexual connotation in this show than anything else we have let our son watch. Almost all of it goes over his head but still there are some episodes we have skipped because he's not ready. The show has a lot of discussion about loyalty and caring for family members. That's nice. Putting other people's needs before your own is also a fairly common theme. If you like the idea of this show except for the sex and violence, you might like Psych. It's a similar humour but much less action, much less violence and very, very much less sex.

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Great messages
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age 12+

We love it, but...

My kids (12 and 13 yo) and I are watching this on netflix this summer. We are finished with three seasons and we all love it. There are some things though that parents may want to know before they get invested in the show. It is addictive! The violence is choreographed so that is not an issue for me (and I really hate violent shows and games). It is no worse than fight scenes in other crime procedurals. It is not bloody. The use of guns is debated regularly on the show. The main character refuses to use them, and the message here is a good one - when someone dies it is serious and it changes you. For a generation that plays Call of Duty etc. this is important to hear. I find the show though to be fairly sexual, sometimes uncomfortably so for me. There are scenes of casual hook ups (no nudity, but there is undressing); using sex to solicit information; a good deal of talk about sex; some stalking references. Now this is a comedy, so these things are funny and light hearted. They are also ironic or unrealistic. But they are there. The relationships also do not become marital relationships until season 2. Couples live together - they are very committed and actually good role models for positive relationships - but if you are trying to teach your kids to wait before marriage this may offer some counter messages. I just simply used it to talk to my kids about our values and how they are different and similar to those in the show. The second season in particular also presents women as sexual objects. They have little to contribute in terms of dialogue nor are their characters really developed at all. They are show from the perspective of the men in the show. Fantasy scenes include women with wind swept hair, little clothing, etc. Again they are funny... but I talked with my kids about this - that women are more than just something to look at or to be pretty for the sake of guys. This concerns me for the message it sends my son. My daughter and I have talked about what "girls" are enough that she knows it is not real world. I have become more aware though of how much harder this message is for boys to understand. Season three gets better on this issue. But for the a good part of the show, even the fight scenes with the female characters are meant for men to watch (fighting with skimpy outfits on etc.). Clearly someone was working out his fantasies here. All of that said, we do love the show. The characters are great and endearing. Things like trust and friendship are regularly talked about. The importance of family is a strong message throughout. It is fine for most families. Other parents may want to pause.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
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