Daredevil

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Stellar superhero story is ultraviolent, dark, riveting.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 48 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Characters fight crime using both the legal system and underground violence. Centering around a disabled hero who fights with powers he painstakingly gained (instead of those he was born with), this show sends a strong message to those who don't have a superhero's natural ability. On the show's second season, an unhealthy relationship is occasionally glamorized, though ultimately viewers see what results from loving someone who's alternately caring and destructive. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Murdock wants to be an honest lawyer, only represent truly innocent clients, and help others. However, his alter ego goes about "helping" by using a ton of violence and anger. 

Violence

Lots of brutal hand-to-hand combat, plus stabbings, shootings, stranglings, and an eye being gouged out. A man's skull is crushed by repeated car door slams. Copious blood.

Sex

Flirting, jokes about sleeping with certain women. A woman's bare back is shown. In the second season, a manipulative relationship between Daredevil and a female superhero (or is she a super-villain?) arises, creating a moral dilemma for our hero -- parents may want to clarify to teen/tween viewers what a healthy relationship should look like. The pair are seen having sex with moaning and grinding; no sensitive parts are visible. 

Language

"Jesus," "s--t."

Consumerism

The show is based on a popular comic series. It's also part of the same fictional universe as fellow Netflix shows Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders; viewers can expect crossover episodes and for characters from one show to appear in another. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The drug trade is a plot point, and a woman gets her drink drugged in an bar. Cigars are traded as a bribe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daredevil is a show adapted from the classic comic-book series. Its protagonist, Matt Murdock, is an honest young defense attorney who's also blind -- and who spends his nights fighting crime as the super sensory superhero Daredevil. The violence is extreme and in your face (you can hear each punch, kick, and crushed bone in excruciating detail.) Viewers will see copious blood, hand-to-hand-combat, dead bodies, stabbings, and stranglings as Daredevil works to take down the local crime syndicate. Illegal drugs are shown being prepared, and a young woman is drugged in a bar. Young kids looking for a family-friendly superhero series will not find one in Daredevil, but mature teens and grown-ups will be thrilled by this dark but still very enjoyable interpretation. Parents may want to take special note of the show's second season, which features Murdock caught up in a relationship that might compromise his principles -- ultimately, those principles triumph, but the hero makes mistakes along the way, which can be used as teachable moments. 

User Reviews

Adult Written byMovieboy321 June 4, 2015

Marvel at its best On netflix

Daredevil is a terrific show with amazing acting and good quality on most ages. This show is extremely intense and under 13 should be watched with an adult. The... Continue reading
Adult Written bymortleycale April 11, 2015

Very well done, very violent superhero show.

The new Netflix show is the darkest thing to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is a very well written and mostly well acted show. The show deals a... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWebslash June 15, 2015

Good

Well it's really good. Incredible storyline, great acting. Only problem is that there's a lot of blood a few rough subjects. In episode one you there... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byXander Funk June 8, 2015

Gory and Mature

This show is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and is the first in a planned of connected shows. It is gory e.g bones crunching, apendages being cut o... Continue reading

What's the story?

Newly minted laywer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and his partner, Foggy Nelson (Eldon Henson), are just starting their law practice, and there's a problem: no clients. Somewhat unscrupulous Foggy is not above ambulance-chasing, which is how they discover Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), framed for murder and in danger. Meanwhile, the altruistic Murdock, who happens to be a person who's blind, has a side job: fighting crime as his alter ego, DAREDEVIL, by using his incredible hand-to-hand combat skills and ultraheightened senses. There's a crime syndicate that runs deep through the city's underbelly; its orders come from the mysterious, ruthless kingpin Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio). As Murdock discovers the nefarious ties between city crime and local construction company Union Allied -- and later, between an ancient evil and the fellow heroes and villains who pop up in the city --  he uncovers even more mysteries that require all his skills as an empathetic lawyer and as the justice-seeking Daredevil. 

Is it any good?

Daredevil's origin story is told in limited flashbacks, but it's all that's necessary to understand how the son of a struggling boxer became the honest but brutal lawyer/superhero he is today. Viewers will warm to the quiet, charming Murdock immediately, and Cox does a lovely job of reconciling his two personas; when he unleashes his pent-up rage on various criminals, it feels warranted. That said, the show is incredibly violent; it doesn't shy away from showing stranglingseye gougings, and bloody stabbings, and its intense nature is probably way too much for many younger viewers. 

Stylistically, Daredevil is perfection. Shot in yellows, greens, and blues, the shadowy world Murdock inhabits also is filled with light, streaming in through apartment windows and alleys. As a comic book crossover, it's not too cartoonish or over the top, and Henson as Foggy brings just the right amount of comic relief to lighten what could become a dour tone. The show's few flaws come when it adheres too tightly to old-school comic tropes, including a damsel in distress and the presence of stereotypical Russian and Asian gangsters. But overall, Daredevil is a wonderfully executed, very welcome addition to the Marvel television universe. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about disabilities. How does Murdock deal with being blind? How does it affect his work as a lawyer (and his experience as a crime fighter)?

  • Families also can talk about violence on television. Do you think the show would be as effective if it were less violent? Why, or why not? 

TV details

For kids who love superhero action

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