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By Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Suspenseful political crime show is smart but violent.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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age 15+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 14+

age 17+

High quality show; trigger warning

I just finished watching this series, and I highly recommend it. The script and values of the "good guys" were rewarded in the end. Richard Madden and all the actors do splendidly. The show is frank with political issues such as terrorism, corrupt government, and individual choices without making generalizations. I assumed it would take an agenda more biased towards the left with a lot of these issues, but was pleasantly surprised to see that it was in-depth enough to be truthful with both sides of the argument. I would caution a trigger warning, as a character attempts to take their life on screen and it is a central plot point. It features gritty violence as well as multiple sex scenes (they're able to be fast-forwarded without losing any important plot details). I did not notice any sensitive body parts shown. I believe there was swearing as well. Characters drink alcohol, but usually in moderation. Highly recommend this series for an interesting, intense, and intimate look into British politics and the life of an average guy. It might take some emotional effort to get through but the ending is very rewarding.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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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