A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Colleagues work together for the greater good of humanity (and themselves) in this comedy, sending clear messages of teamwork; details about historical events and Biblical stories may encourage curiosity in viewers about how these things actually came to pass.
Positive Role Models
Crowley and Aziraphale are diametrically opposed foes but even though Crowley is evil, he doesn't actually want to hurt people, just to stay out of trouble with his diabolical boss. Part of the joke is that even though Aziraphale is supposedly an angel, he doesn't do much more than Crowley to actually help humankind.
Violence & Scariness
The series centers around a very violent event -- the end of the world -- but the take on it is mostly humorous and deadpan. Violence mostly takes place off-screen, like a scene in the first episode in which a satanic convent is burned to the ground. We see a building on fire from far away and a brief comic image of a nun fallen to the ground, no blood, gore, grief. Some images, like a huge growling "hell-hound" with sharp teeth, may scare young viewers.
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Language is infrequent and frequently has a British flavor: "bugger," "bastard," "hell," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Aziraphale and Crowley enjoy drinking together; they guzzle liquor and wine and get sloppy and expansive but at the end are able to reverse the process and fill the bottles back up, expelling the alcohol from their bodies. Crowley refers to wanting "extraordinary amounts of alcohol."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good Omens is a comedy about an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) who team up to try to prevent Armageddon. A fiery world-ending battle between heaven and hell is a violent event but the series' tone is comic and light, and violence mostly takes place off-screen. Howerver, some images, like a giant snarling dog with razor-sharp teeth, may still scare younger viewers. Language is infrequent and often has a British slant: "bugger," "bastard," "hell," "s--t." Scenes take place in pubs and bars, and our two main characters like to drink together to the point of sloppiness but also have the power to reverse the process and send the alcohol out of their bodies and back into the bottles it came from. Crowley and Aziraphale demonstrate strong teamwork in their quest. Female characters are underrepresented in this comedy. Adults and teens who enjoy comedy mixed with fantasy and sci-fi in the manner of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy will appreciate this show.
Is It Any Good?
Appealingly daffy and strange, this imaginative fantasy makes the End Times feel like a whole lot of fun. Tennant and Sheen have a marvelously crackling chemistry that makes it easy to picture the two alternately bickering and grudgingly helping each other out since the Dawn of Time -- which we get to witness in this epic show, along with Noah and his Ark, the French Revolution, and Jesus' crucifixion in the sweeping plot. Heady stuff, but it's all grounded in the uneasy lived-in friendship between Aziraphale and Crowley, who lovably bicker their way through Biblical legends.
The visuals are prime too, like a gorgeous sequence in which a mixup between three newborn babies at a satanic convent is illustrated by a set of celestial hands playing three-card monte. As the convent's nuns dash from room to room conveying the babies to and fro in a farce so goofy it might as well be scored with "Yakety Sax," we understand what Good Omens is really about: the heaviest of topics, given the silliest treatment. Fans of science fiction humor like The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (books and movies) are particularly urged to give this one a look -- it has what you need.
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