A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a humorous spy thriller, but the evolution of a romantic relationship is also central to the series.
Positive Role Models
Jane and John aren't perfect spies, but over time they get better at their jobs. They also commit to making their relationship work.
Jane is half Japanese and John is Black. There are a few references to how they identify racially or ethnically, but this isn't central to the story. Donald Glover is co-creator/showrunner with Francesca Sloane, who's from El Salvador.
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Violence & Scariness
Jane and John kill people as part of their job. Punching, hitting, bloody wounds. Explosions, car chases, and shootings also occur, and sometimes people are killed. Guns and other weapons are visible. Joking references to pedophilia in one episode. Someone vomits.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, pulling people's underwear off (no nudity), and some simulated sexual behavior. In a paid sex arrangement, two people are commanded to act as dogs. Some conversations about sexual activity.
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Curses like "s--t" and occasional "f--k" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Cars like Range Rovers are visible, some more obviously than others.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (cocktails, wine) visible. Drugs are sometimes administered and cause harm.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a spy series that's loosely inspired by the 2005 blockbuster movie of the same name. In this version, two spies have to live and work together as husband and wife. It contains strong sexual content, violence, and cursing. Drinking is frequent, and drug misuse is also visible in some episodes, too. Range Rovers and other car makes and models are occasionally visible.
Is It Any Good?
The character-driven action-comedy, which is very loosely inspired by Simon Kinberg's 2005 movie of the same name, offers a stylish and smart story world with some compelling twists. There's lots of understated humor coupled with some traditional espionage-driven action as the new recruits attempt to do their jobs to the best of their ability. Guest appearances made by actors like Paul Dano, John Turturro, Parker Posey, and Sarah Paulson create some amusing scenarios.
Meanwhile, the evolution of Jane and John's relationship inevitably leads to romantic tensions and relationship woes. All of this comes together in an interesting and glossy way as far as TV spy series go, but viewers hoping for the same kind of explosive "Brangelina" excitement and smoldering sexuality portrayed in the original film will find this reenvisioned version of Mr. & Mrs. Smith lacking. Nonetheless, those wanting (or willing) to embrace a well-produced and fun contemporary spy series will find it entertaining.
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