Bodyguard

TV review by
Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Suspenseful political crime show is smart but violent.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

In a complicated political landscape, the line between good and bad is unclear. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Women are shown holding various positions of power in the government and police force, but people's motives are complicated in general.

Violence

Bloody gun violence, including harrowing automatic weapon assault and a suicide attempt. Terrorist bombings, including one at an elementary school, are a major plot point.

 

Sex

A married man has sex with a woman who isn’t his wife; no nudity is shown.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "pr--k," "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink beer, wine, cocktails at home and in bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bodyguard is a suspenseful series about an officer of the British Protection Service who's assigned to protect a controversial government official. Bloody gun violence includes a harrowing automatic weapon assault and a suicide attempt. Terrorist bombings, including one at an elementary school, are a major plot point. Serious and complex in tone and plotting, Bodyguard will appeal to older teens who enjoy the political espionage of Homeland or Madam Secretary.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byflixandchill November 2, 2018

Tense, Thrilling

There is actually nudity in this--we see a guy's bum after he gets out of bed (whom he was sharing with someone who was not his wife). It's well-writt... Continue reading
Adult Written byadventuresinwon... November 7, 2018

skip the sexy scenes and it's a great political suspense show

There's a good bit of violence, but it's to be expected in a show of this caliber. I work in an ER, so I never mind the gore but my roommates were gr... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheBull15 May 27, 2020

Skip the sex scenes, and it is a great show

too many sex scenes, but if you skip them it is great
Written byAnonymous May 20, 2020

An interesting show, VERY violent.

My reasoning for the 18 rating is that the violence is quite severe at times and also the fact that there are a couple of suicide scenes makes me unsure. But I... Continue reading

What's the story?

BODYGUARD follows heroic London police sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden) as he gets promoted to a security detail protecting British Home Secretary Julia Montague, an ambitious, pro-military politician. As a recovering victim of PTSD from his time in Afghanistan, Budd vehemently disagrees with Montague's politics, but he's sworn by duty to protect her. As her extreme anti-terrorism agenda raises her public profile, Montague becomes a target for assassination. But are her most dangerous enemies actually inside her own government? And is Budd's investigation more about covering his tracks than uncovering the culprits responsible for targeting his boss?

Is it any good?

Smart, tense, and full of twists, this series rewards attentive viewers with a dense mystery that doesn't insult their intelligence. In fact, its use of British police acronyms and government jargon (consider looking up the word "kompromat" before watching) will challenge even the most astute among the audience. That being said, this series keeps the suspense cranked up and is never dull, ponderous, or pretentious. In a television landscape peppered with increasingly dumbed-down crime shows, Bodyguard stands apart from the field by being serious without being solemn, political but not preachy, and surprising while never resorting to preposterous plot twists or illogical character motivations. It's riveting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Budd's personal conflicts in Bodyguard and the tension between duty and belief. What are some other occupations where that kind of conflict could exist?

  • Why do you think so many TV shows are set within complicated political regimes? What's interesting about the world of politics? 

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