A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show makes light of a dangerous world and mines gags from the perceived inefficiency of government-run agencies, and the main characters tend to distrust authority. But on the plus side, they put a lot of trust in each other, relying on teamwork to protect the country.
Positive Role Models
Rick Martinez is an everyman most viewers can identify with, and he takes his responsibilities seriously, balancing an innate sense of duty with his own moral code. The agents he works with are honorable, too, but they often skirt the rules and play mind games with management in pursuit of the greater good.
Violence & Scariness
Overall, the tone is comedic rather than violent. But the main characters do carry weapons and use them to take out enemies of the state. There's light to medium combat and minimal blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light sexual innuendo, with the potential for interoffice romances. Some passionate kissing, but it's rare.
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Rare use of words like "damn" and "hell" and off-color insults like "jerk-ass."
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Products & Purchases
A few brand names are mentioned, including Windows and IBM.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Minimal social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this offbeat comedy concerns a ragtag group of CIA agents who pull dangerous missions all over the world and regularly carry weapons to defend themselves, which means that mid-level violence is a regular part of the plot. That said, the overall tone is decidedly light, and there's minimal (if any) blood. In terms of language, characters occasionally use gateway words like "hell" or "damn," or sling iffy insults like "jerk-ass." There's also subtle sexual innuendo between male and female characters with potential for interoffice romance.
Is It Any Good?
With its everyman protagonist and exotic locations, Chaos is bound to draw comparisons to the quirky spy comedy Chuck. And, like Chuck, it's refreshingly kid-friendly for teens who like their action with a side of laughs. But while the show doesn't quite hit all of the right notes, the core members of the CHAOS team have promising chemistry.
Maybe the real question though, amid seriously real global instability, is: Are we in the mood to laugh at ourselves?
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