9-1-1 Lone Star

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Sensitive first responder spin-off has violence, innuendo.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

The cast fight fires, but survival, coping with tragedy, moving forward, and finding community are all themes. There are lots of references to the difficulties of people of diverse backgrounds as they strive to be accepted on and off the job, as well as messages of acceptance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The firefighters and other emergency crews are committed to helping people, even if it means putting their lives at risk. They are a diverse group of people with different talents and struggles. The firefighting community is a close one, and they take care of each other. 


Accident scenes, blazes, fiery explosions, and people in distress are frequently shown. There’s occasional yelling, arguing, and punching. Death, grieving, and 9/11 are major themes. There’s a suicide attempt. Sometimes medical procedures are featured. 


Strong innuendo, ranging from people kissing to more passionate embraces. 


Words like "ass" and "hell" are common. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer and hard liquor drinking visible. A cast member is a recovering addict. Pills used in an overdose are shown. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 9-1-1 Lone Star, a 9-1-1 spinoff, features all the hair raising emergency situations its parent show is known for. The loss of firefighters and others on 9/11 and after is addressed, as is coping with fatal illness and tragic loss. The challenges people of diverse racial backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations face on and off the job are discussed, but the overall message is one of acceptance. There’s some strong sexual innuendo, drinking, and in at least one instance, an attempted suicide by opioid overdose. All this being said, it’s a sensitive series, and one that highlights friendship, teamwork, and community. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTheMovieAdvisor May 29, 2020

9-1-1 Lone Star

Normally I don't like spin offs like NCIS New Orleans CSI Miami but this was really good and had a great leading cast. and addressing Shari R. This is a TV... Continue reading
Adult Written byShari R February 10, 2020


I thought Season 1 ep 1 got off to a fairly good start. However, in ep 2 I was horrified when liv tyler was going to intubate a child who was having a severe as... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 31, 2020

I love it!

It's great! I love all the characters. They are so nice and cool and funny. My dad watches with us he really likes Judd. I love Marjan she's cool and... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old March 31, 2020

Pretty good

I think that this show is pretty good, but it can be scary at times and stressful. It has good messages and great vibes.

What's the story?

The 9-1-1 series spinoff 9-1-1- LONE STAR follows New York firefighter Owen Strand (Rob Lowe) as he helps restart an Austin, Texas firehouse. The lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11 twenty years ago, Captain Strand had to reassemble a new team of firefighters and help it start over. Now he’s in Texas to help reassemble Firehouse 126 after a tragic explosion killed all but one firefighter. Tasked with assembling a talented and diverse new crew, he recruits devout Muslim Marjan Marwani (Natacha Karam), openly transgender firefighter Paul Strickland (Brian Michael Smith), and detail-oriented rookie Mateo Chavez (Julian Works). Strand’s troubled son and firefighter T.K. (Ronen Rubenstein) joins them. Along with the help of chief paramedic Michelle Blake (Liv Tyler), Officer Carlos Reyes (Rafael Silver), and emergency dispatch operator Grace Ryder (Sierra McClain), they risk their lives to help people during major emergencies. But struggling to cope is Grace’s husband Judd, (Jim Parrack), who was 126’s sole surviving firefighter. 

Is it any good?

This dramatic series offers a compelling and sensitive story world in which firefighters and rescue crews are committed to doing their job while grieving those who have died doing theirs. Through Captain Strand, the memory of 9/11 is a consistent theme as he deals with its far-reaching aftermath, and uses this experience to help Judd Ryder and the rest of the team. But 9-1-1 Lone Star offers enough action-packed scenes, daring rescues, romantic entanglements, and funny tension-easing moments to keep it from feeling too heavy. No doubt that fans of the original series will enjoy tuning in. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of 9-1-1 Lone Star’s central themes. What messages does it send about the ongoing deaths and illnesses associated with 9/11? The lack of diversity among firefighters? 

  • What is the role of first responders like the ones depicted in the 9-1-1 series? Do you think their jobs are as dramatic as they appear on these shows?

  • What kinds of pressure do real-life first responders face on a daily basis? How do they cope?

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