Charlie's Angels

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Violent, sexy remake is corny in a whole new way.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

An oft-repeated theme drives home the message that justice is better than revenge and that some people can make good on second chances. Cases also tend to resolve with the bad guys behind bars.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Angels are flawed, with troubled pasts, but now they're using their shady skills to work together, put bad guys away, and help others. They're also independent, self-sufficient, and representative of an array of ethnicities. That said, there's some gray-area role modeling in terms of the way they do their jobs, like breaking into a police database to get information on a suspect or using their sexuality to influence men.


The Angels carry weapons, and the bad guys often resort to torture, etc. There are also sudden moments of violence, including shootings with minimal blood and major explosions that can result in death.


The Angels sometimes use their sexuality to achieve an objective ... but so does their right-hand man, Bosley. Some kissing and making out. The women sometimes wear revealing or provocative clothing.


Infrequent use of words like "bitch" and "damn."


The ladies are into clothes and shoes, which invites a bit of brand name-dropping (for example, Prada).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking. Some cases may involve drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the violence in Charlie's Angels (2011) is more intense than in the original 1970s series, but less over-the-top than in the feature film. Characters carry weapons to defend themselves and that sudden moments of violence can include shootings and explosions that result in death. Like in the original series, the Angels also use their sexuality on the job -- but in a modern spin, so does their male colleague. In addition, there's some light language (mostly "bitch" and "damn") and social drinking, with some brand mentions (like Prada).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydiet cheery dr peper October 14, 2011

good show

i am a man who has been watching this for the past few weeks and have had a blast with these ladys on thursday night and these ladys have rocked the angels in a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byZara360 October 10, 2011

Over all view of Charlie's Angel

I think it's a great show!!! But there is a lot of flirting, though. The angels wear some skimpy outfits, and some passionate kissing. Yes; there are some... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySpielberg00 September 26, 2011

The old one isn't all that great; this is worse.

Surprising amount of open-mouth kisses and passionate heavy breathing (hint, hint?). Also, very violent.

What's the story?

Making over the iconic 1970s series of the same name, CHARLIE'S ANGELS moves the action to Miami, where unseen-man-in-charge Charlie Townsend (voiced by Robert Wagner) assigns his "Angels" to an ever-changing roster of dangerous cases. There's Abby (Rachael Taylor), a girl of means with sticky fingers; Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a once-lawful cop turned dirty; and Eve (Minka Kelly), a tenacious street racer whose friend Gloria was once an Angel, too.

Is it any good?

Viewers ready to latch onto the concept of three stylish, powerful women whose impressive moves command respect (until they open their mouths...) might be entertained. But if not, the Angels are in danger of joining the ranks of other failed rebooted classic TV icons like Knight Rider and Bionic Woman.

Iconic as it is, the original Charlie's Angels wasn't known for its powerhouse acting. (In fact, it was arguably more famous for Farrah Fawcett's feathered hair.) So perhaps we shouldn't expect this amped-up remake to deliver performances that feel rooted in reality. The hammy dialogue doesn’t help. But combined with the overall high production value, you get the sense that "hammy" wasn’t really what the show’s creators were going for.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Charlie's Angels' theme of justice vs. revenge. Can you come up with a real-world example to help illustrate the difference between the two concepts? Which concept tends to produce a more positive outcome?

  • How does violence play into the plot? Does it seem excessive? If you've seen the original 1970s series, how does the level of violence compare?

  • Is the show sending any messages -- subtle or otherwise -- about gender and empowerment? How do the Angels compare to other female role models on television?

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