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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Crusoe and Friday have a deep and touching bond. Some of the other people who visit their island have very different values, especially the pirates and soldiers who come looking for gold and are more than willing to double-cross each other to find the treasure. Some of them seem to place little value on human life, and the offhand manner in which they casually dispatch some of their fellow brigands -- or discuss their plans to murder each other -- can be unnerving.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of swashbuckling adventure, including sword fights, shootouts with muskets and pistols, and exploding casks of gunpowder. Dead bodies are shown after shipwrecks and major battles, but there's little blood or explicit gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex or nudity, though Crusoe is sometimes seen embracing his wife in flashbacks.
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No swearing. Some of the archaic language will seem somewhat outdated.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional references to drinking wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this swashbuckling series uses Daniel Defoe's classic novel Robinson Crusoe as a departure point rather than a script guide, picking up long after the title character has been shipwrecked on a lush tropical island. Pirates, soldiers, cannibals, and other mysterious visitors provide regular excitement, and there's a fair bit of violence, including swordfights and shootouts. Though there's little blood or gore, some of the villains' very casual attitude about killing -- either their enemies or their allies -- can be disturbing. There's little to worry about in the way of sex, language, or drinking/drugs.
Is It Any Good?
The two men aren't always alone on the island. Much of CRUSOE's drama comes from the pirates, Spanish soldiers, bloodthirsty cannibals, and other visitors who seem to arrive regularly on the island with their own agendas -- which don't always include rescuing Crusoe. These encounters often lead to swashbuckling conflict, including plenty of sword fights and lots of clever uses for caskets of gunpowder.
The show's tone makes being a castaway seem like an exciting escapade. Though Crusoe often talks about how much he misses his wife back home in England (she appears regularly in flashback sequences), he seems quite happy on the island. Even when pirates are threatening his life, Crusoe still acts like he's having a grand adventure. This series is certainly not realistic, but it will be entertaining for kids and people looking for simple escapism. It plays more like Gilligan's Island with gunpowder than Tom Hanks' desperate loneliness in Cast Away.
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