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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Family drama explores questions of ethics, espionage.

TV NBC Drama 2015
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Started well

Parents should be aware that, although this show started well with just the expected spy-action violence, further episodes became worse with underwear scenes, sensual dancing, etc. and it no longer became appropriate.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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