A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Central themes explore family, loyalty, and protecting those you love, but duplicity and blurry ethics factor in.
Positive Role Models
Alex is highly intelligent and idealistic with unyielding allegiance to his job and country. His parents have committed treason in the past but were motivated by love and duty; in the present, they find their loyalties frequently in conflict.
Violence & Scariness
A woman is hit by a car; a man is burned alive; some blood, but the visuals stop short of graphic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suggestive kissing; sexual innuendo.
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Products & Purchases
Some visible brands (such as Burt's Bees).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking; some characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Allegiance explores the complicated relationship between a bright, young CIA analyst and his parents, who are former Russian spies. You'll see violent scenes involving murder and torture with some blood and see some sexual tension between characters (and steamy kissing). Language includes words such as "damn" and "hell," and some characters drink socially.
Is It Any Good?
In spite of the fact that Allegiance was adapted from a critically acclaimed Israeli series, most U.S. audiences will compare it to The Americans, the 1980s-set FX drama starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, who star as another set of Russian sleeper spies posing as regular folk. Considering the shared subject matter, it's a logical link. But the two series are different enough that they actually have very little in common. For one, Allegiance is much more mainstream.
Although The Americans is decidedly dark and cerebral, Allegiance applies a lighter tone to the business of espionage, having occasional fun with Alex's otherworldly abilities to absorb and process information but stopping short of being "funny." (Stenhouse, by the way -- whose Hong Kong-born English heritage you'd never guess based on his American accent -- is a dead ringer for Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris. Particularly when he's wearing collared shirts under "preppy" sweaters. Go figure.) The show also centers more on the family unit -- in contrast to The Americans' focus on the central characters' marriage -- with far fewer content concerns for parents with older teens.
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