Army Wives

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Soapy drama about being married to the military.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show tackles a wide variety of mature, complex topics -- including adoption, surrogate motherhood, alcoholism, children abusing parents, post traumatic stress disorder, and more -- in typically melodramatic soap opera fashion. But it also highlights many of the real difficulties associated with living on an active Army post.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the wives (and husbands) of those serving must live by Army codes of conduct in public, within their own circle they're often secretive, catty, gossipy, and competitive. The cast isn't particularly diverse.


Disturbing images of a teen son hitting/abusing his mother. News footage of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is sometimes visible. Children occasionally play with guns, tanks, and other military-type toys. Soldiers are sometimes seen working with or wielding guns. Physical fights between soldiers, some of whom are drunk or traumatized. Some violent incidents, like explosions.


Strong sexual innuendo and occasional simulated sex acts (including oral sex). Some skimpy underwear. Some of the wives discuss the various names for their vagina, talk about virginity, etc. Sex and infidelity are frequent topics of discussion.


Audible language includes "ass," "damn," "hell," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frequent alcohol consumption. Lt. Colonel Burton is often seen drunk and acting wildly as a result of post traumatic stress. Scenes take place at a local bar. Some underage drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this drama about military spouses has strong sexual innuendo, some upsetting scenes of a teen physically abusing his mother, and lots of drinking (some in response to post traumatic stress), While current events in the Middle East provide a backdrop for the show, at its heart, the series is a fictional drama about life as an Army wife (or husband) -- not the current war.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byJenn R February 14, 2018
A good show, sad and drama at times but it's the military life
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bymusic71393 April 19, 2011
Good show... With real issues. There are teens in it, 2 kids and it shows how they deal with the army.. Sex isnt explicit, it is implied.. They show lots of kis... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMeowsticFlower February 2, 2021

good, but it triggered an aniexty attack

this show is good but im just saying that in one episode it had someone attempt to rape a character. it triggered an aniexty attack in me and i felt unsafe for... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bygeorgiagirl9923 November 15, 2012

Our Country.

Okay, so yeah it has some bad stuff in it, but hey! Look at the positives. Soldiers are disciplined for there bad actions, and are punished for being drunk/figh... Continue reading

What's the story?

ARMY WIVES revolves around a group of Army wives (and one army husband) who become friends while facing the many challenges of living on an active Army post. The group's key members are strong, well-respected Claudia (Kim Delaney); devoted wife and mother Denise (Catherine Bell), saucy, independent newcomer Roxy (Sally Pressman); former police officer Pamela (Brigid Brannagh), and psychiatrist Roland (Sterling K. Brown), who must rebuild his marriage when his wife returns from Afghanistan. Life on the base is dictated by military rules but the wives (and husbands) follow their own code of behavior. Along with rumors, gossip, and female competition, there are also personal challenges such as abuse, ex-husbands, and financial problems. While their issues may differ, they all share the same anxieties. They're expected to stay strong, but their fears of losing a spouse in the Middle East are compounded by their inability to express those fears freely. Even those who reunite with their partners face realities like post traumatic stress disorder and eroded marriages.

Is it any good?

As is the case with other Lifetime series, Army Wives focuses primarily on the lives of women. The series isn't designed as a political statement on current events; instead, it tells entertaining stories that combine fiction with the very real drama associated with marrying into a military life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the media portrays the military. In general, is it positive or negative? How can you tell?

  • Do you think this show reinforces the general public's ideas about life in the Army or dispels them?

  • What are the challenges and benefits of living on a military post or base?

  • How do military families cope with having a loved one serving in a war zone? What can communities do to help these families?

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