Parents' Guide to

Alphas

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Some violence plus positive messages in sci-fi crime drama.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Good for kids 7 and up!

I have no idea why Common Sense Media gave this a 15 age rating. I said no to my 13 year old when I saw the 15 but when I watched an episode with him I was completely fine. The age rating is so misleading, sure there's some violence but with the video games today it's all fine. I give Alphas 10 and up age rating and 4 stars
age 13+

Great characters and mix of realistic sci-fi, mystery

My wife and I loved discovering Alphas last season and watched it religiously. The mix of awkward, ordinary people managing their extraordinary abilities and mystery was intriguing. This year we started watching it with our 12-year-old son. He loves the sci-fi awkward superhero style too. Although some of the violence is more than we usually prefer, with virtually no bad language and very positive characters, it is overall a good choice.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Most TV shows that make it to air require a clever "logline," one sentence that sums up the idea for viewers and network executives alike. Alphas is clearly "Law & Order meets Heroes," a police procedural focusing on crimes related to superheroes, with a light sprinkling of an ongoing mystery layered on top. It's one of those forehead-slap ideas that seems obvious and cliche at the same time.

Fortunately, Alphas has some clever writing, strong actors, and an overall positive "being different is cool" message that make it a fun watch for teens and their parents. Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn chomps into his role as a slightly goofy mad scientist with relish, and the dynamics between the lead alphas establish easy rapport quickly and with a generous helping of humor. It's a step or two above the typical hour-long network or basic cable fare.

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