A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's about IDF operatives going after Hamas, and vice versa. The love of family, romantic relationships, and friendship are also major themes.
Positive Role Models
People love their families and friends but few have their hands clean in this complicated conflict. Operatives do what they must to complete their missions. Some people betray those close to them.
Most of the actors are Israeli, but they portray Palestinians from Europe and other Middle Eastern countries. Israeli soldiers are male and female.
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Violence & Scariness
Operates seek to kill each other in order to fulfill their missions. Bombings are planned and sometimes shown. People are kidnapped, beaten, shot, and blown up in gruesome scenes; one man has a bomb implanted in him. Bloody and infected wounds are visible. Corpses are occasionally shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's strong sexual innuendo, including people in their underwear and brief moments where (simulated) sex acts are beginning or ending. Romance and infidelity are themes.
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Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is frequently visible, and drinking and drunken behavior is sometimes shown. Drugs are sometimes misused.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fauda is a popular, award-winning Israeli series. It's about an IDF commander and his unit on missions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and features empathetic portrayals of people on both sides of it. There's lots of gritty violence, ranging from chases, attempted stabbings, and point-blank shooting deaths to gruesome images of people being blown up. Bloody, infected wounds are also visible. There is some strong sexual innuendo and cursing, including "s--t" and "f--k." Cigarette smoking is frequently visible, drinking and drunken behavior and drugs are sometimes shown. Viewers sensitive to the events associated with the ongoing conflict may find the series difficult to watch.
Is It Any Good?
This well-written, well-performed series is inspired by co-creators Lior Raz and Avi Assacharoff's experiences serving in the IDF and other real-world events. Fauda offers an empathetic portrayal of the people involved in its Israeli-Palestinian conflict-themed narratives. Each season features Doron (played by Raz) and his unit as they hunt down and eliminate operatives, which leads to lots of action-packed military tactics and gritty violence. While this is offered from an Israeli point of view, at its heart are the personal stories of the Israeli and Palestinian operatives, and how those associated with them are affected by their actions.
As such, viewers are allowed to see people on both sides negotiate romantic relationships, parenting responsibilities, friendships, and job politics as they stick to deep-seated belief systems that justify horrific violence and seeking revenge against one another. It's entertaining, but also serves as a bleak reminder of the real-life, on-going discord in the area, and the toll it takes on all those who live there.
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