Enlisted

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Military hijinks, innuendo anchor otherwise sweet comedy.

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Positive Messages

Though characters sometimes show disrespect for military authority and engage in a lot of hijinks, love for family, country, and service is front and center. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters on Enlisted may occasionally be petty and argumentative but are also dedicated to their jobs and to each other. The cast also offers extensive racial and ethnic diversity, and women are treated with respect.

Violence

Some scenes are set in active battle, with bombs and gunfire but no gore or death. Soldiers are often happy to blow things up or shoot at each other; guns are frequently seen and battle is glorified as an honorable sacrifice.

Sex

The characters are all young, cute, and single; expect dating, flirting, and possibly the implication of sex. Some double entendres: "I'd put my privates up against your privates any old day."

Language

Some cursing: "What the hell are you doing?" There may also be gendered insults, such as when a military supervisor calls a male character a "candy ass."

Consumerism

Real celebrities and movies are mentioned: Larry King, Bradley Cooper, Boyz n the Hood.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There is a bar on base that Rear D soldiers hang out at and do shots of tequila and otherwise carouse.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Enlisted is a sitcom set on a domestic military base where characters treat their country and military service mostly respectfully, but that message is occasionally undercut with questionable hijinks, such as characters taking a tank for a joyride. There is some cursing and innuendo, plus jokes about weight and people of color, though these comments are usually subverted somehow. Characters frequently hang out at a bar and drink onscreen, including taking shots of tequila and referring to drinking contests. Some scenes take place in battles, with gunfire raining down and the potential for death played for laughs. Battle is glorified and soldiers gauge how tough and strong they are by how much "action" they have seen, though blood and gore is never an issue.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bylucamations January 16, 2014

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i didn't watch the full episode of this, but within the first few minutes, i was very disappointed in the whole network (fox). i didn't know you could... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter February 2, 2014

Goofy, but funny & heartwarming comedy

Funny!! Some suggestive humor, language, and mild violence. Another 14? A little more edgy than Brooklyn Nine-Nine. If you're mature enough, this is okay f... Continue reading

What's the story?

Supersoldier Pete Hill (Geoff Stults) was headed for Patton-like military glory, until he punched a superior in Afghanistan. Now ENLISTED finds him booted back to Fort McGee, a Florida military base where, it happens, his two misfit brothers are stationed: sweet, sensitive, and excitable Randy (Parker Young) and sarcastic troublemaking middle brother Derrick (Chris Lowell). Now Pete is Randy and Derrick's platoon sergeant, and what a platoon it is, full of what caustic rival Staff Sergeant Jill Perez (Angelique Cabral) calls "rejects and mental patients." The platoons headed by both Pete and Perez are part of Rear D, the soldiers left behind when their units are deployed for battle. Pete disparages the job as washing cars and mowing lawns. But what Rear D really does is help care for the families waiting for soldiers to (hopefully) return from war. And as Pete's starting to figure out, that's an important job.

Is it any good?

It's been a long time since M*A*S*H, and Enlisted's ripe, absurd comic situations make you question why more sitcoms aren't set in the military. You've got your workplace/bureaucracy humor like The Office or Parks and Recreation, a group of young cuties similar to what you'd find on Friends, even heartwarming family dynamics such as those found on Modern Family thanks to the three-brothers-one-platoon setup.

But just because Enlisted has aspects similar to these other well-loved shows doesn't mean that it's tired. On the contrary, the show scores by putting relatable, charming characters in (mostly) realistically ridiculous situations (a staple of army life, if tale-spinning ex-soldiers are to be believed). The dialogue is smart and witty, the jokes are fresh, and the sweetness is palpable. Exhibit A: Pete accuses of Perez of having a "big old nacho chip" on her shoulder. She winces and so does he: "I thought it'd be funny because you're Hispanic," he apologizes, "but it just came out hateful." And we laugh, twice. This is a good one for whole-family viewing with teens, particularly military families.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Enlisted is a realistic look at military service, or whether situations and characters are amplified for comic effect. Has anyone in your family served in the military? What do they report about military life?

  • Military comedies like M*A*S*H. and Hogan's Heroes were once a staple on television, but haven't been as popular in recent years. Since soldiers, current and ex, often see military life as a rich source of humor, why would this be?

  • Generally, active soldiers are young and in shape. Why might this make such characters more attractive to networks who want to launch a successful show?

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