A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The investigators utilize supernatural methods, but still employ traditional problem solving skills. They are dedicated to protecting others and generally serving the good of humanity.
Positive Role Models
With unique scientific abilities, each of the lead characters demonstrates the value of being proud to be different by utilizing those abilities in the service of the greater good, despite whatever negative impressions society may have of them.
Violence & Scariness
Because the show revolves generally around solving unusual crimes, there are frequent moments of physical violence, but little blood. One episode features a sniper shooting that ends in a visible gunshot wound and slight bleeding. A lead character's superpowers involve the use of extreme brute force, often resulting in particularly violent physical altercations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirtatious comments between characters; occasional kissing. Some sexual situations.
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Though there is no frequency to it, there are occasional words like "damn" and "balls."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults occasionally indulge in recreational drinks; secondary characters occasionally smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this hour-long science-fiction drama features consistent moments of violence, with occasional blood. With the focus of the show on crime solving, expect to see dead bodies, elaborate chases, some gun use, and some intense physical fights. The series is best for teen and up and does have some strong positive messaging about embracing what makes you unique and using exceptional abilities for the benefit of humankind.
Is It Any Good?
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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