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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Amid frequent deception, double-crosses, and other forms of manipulation, the show has strong themes about the importance of family, friends, and love. That said, it's often difficult to tell who the true "good" and "bad" guys are, and in many instances, violence is the only method used for dealing with conflicts.
Positive Role Models
Sydney is a strong, independent, resourceful heroine. She's a double agent, but her motives are worthwhile, and she demonstrates courage. She often resorts to violence to solve problems, but just as often she's forced into that situation by rival agents. She cares very much for her friends and family and will do anything to keep them safe. That said, the bad guys are sometimes glamorized, and even some of the "good" guys can be very ruthless.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent onscreen graphic shooting, punching, kicking, and more.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
When Sydney goes undercover, she often wears revealing outfits.
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Words include "bitch" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters use sometimes use alcohol and "knock out" drugs to catch villains.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alias is an action-packed spy show from J.J. Abrams that features a significant amount of violence, including a few graphic shooting deaths and frequent fights. Characters are constantly deceiving one another, which can make it hard to tell for sure who the "good guys" and "bad guys" are. The main character, Sydney Bristow, is a double agent, but her motives are well-meant, and she's a strong, independent role model. The show has a complex mythology that can make casual viewing a challenge, but for teens and adults who embrace it, this is a very entertaining, exciting series.
Is It Any Good?
This series expertly draws out mysteries over the course of each season, and for this reason, it might be tough for new viewers to understand the intricate plot if they come in late. But there's also pleasure in each individual episode, especially for those keen on the tone, style, and intensity of creator J.J. Abrams' other smash hit series, Lost.
Though the series lost a bit of momentum as it headed toward its conclusion, Alias is still a uniquely well-written, well-acted action drama with more psychological depth than nearly every other show on television.
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