A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Sexist, colonialist attitudes pervade, but it's all for comedy.
Positive Role Models
Merlaux has common sense, others don’t. Postwar politics creates friendly enemies.
Violence & Scariness
Hard slapping; bruising, guns visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo; burlesque dancing, nudity (breasts, bare bottoms).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Netflix series A Very Secret Service is a fun French-language (with English subtitles) post-WWII spy comedy. It features some strong sexual innuendo, nudity (bare breasts, bottoms), and intense interrogation scenes that include hard slapping. It's not bloody, but there is some obvious bruising, and guns are frequently visible. Drinking is common, and there's a lot of cigarette smoking.
Is It Any Good?
The decidedly French (and English-subtitled) series offers lots of sophisticated humor and occasional slapstick to create a fun viewing experience. Merlaux is good-looking and charming, making him easy to like. But the real amusement comes from the arrogant and sexist agents, whose incompetence underscores the ironies of the post-WWII era.
Each 30-minute installment seems a bit more like The Pink Panther than James Bond, but folks who are drawn to spy-themed shows may like it. Fans of contemporary French comedy will find it highly entertaining. But even if you don't speak the language, it's easy to appreciate the intelligent, understated humor of the overall narrative.
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