A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Follow your heart. Trust your gut. Use what you have to get what you need. Go after your goals.
Alex's crush is a Black girl named Ayisha. A Black woman named Jack is Alex and his Uncle Ian's housekeeper. She helped raise Alex, manages the household affairs, and is credited for "holding the place together."
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Violence & Scariness
Characters carry and shoot guns. Characters are shot dead and injured. In one scene, Alex punches a man repeatedly in the face until his nose is bleeding.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Typical teenage romantic pursuits are portrayed. Alex likes a girl named Ayisha, and he attempts to flirt with her at a party. Tom flirts with a girl at a party who tells him he's hot.
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"You can piss off!"
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Products & Purchases
The series is based on the popular book series by Anthony Horowitz.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink at a party. One character says that his drink is a mix of whiskey, vodka, and beer. A female character drinks to excess and throws up.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alex Rider is a spy thriller for teenagers that's based on the wildly popular book series by Anthony Horowitz. In it, main character Alex Rider (Otto Farrant), who'd experienced the loss of his parents, must now come to terms with the puzzling death of his uncle. Viewers can expect violence ranging from execution-style murder to fist fights that leave victims bloodied. Teens pursue romantic interests and are portrayed drinking. Despite these concerns, there are positive messages to be gleaned from the series, showing teens that they have purpose, even in their youth.
Is It Any Good?
This teenage spy thriller has solid acting and enough suspense for adults to easily get into, making it suitable for family viewing. Alex Rider takes an intense storyline and makes it realistic and relatable. Otto Farrant's depiction of the spy teen is compelling – his emotion and tenacity lift Alex Rider off the pages of the YA series and stir viewers to root for his success. Though the plot is a bit of a stretch from the lives of the average teen, the series shows young people what they are capable of and communicates that there's purpose in their youthful existence.
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