A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In a complicated political landscape, the line between good and bad is unclear.
Positive Role Models
Women are shown holding various positions of power in the government and police force, but people's motives are complicated in general.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married man has sex with a woman who isn't his wife; no nudity is shown.
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"F--k," "s--t," "pr--k," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer, wine, cocktails at home and in bars.
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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.
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.
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