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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong themes of teamwork, doing the right thing, helping others, and persevering in the face of adversity.
Positive Role Models
Features brave, heroic characters that, while not without flaws, attempt to do what's right and help those in need. Also features a number of women characters in leadership roles and other prominent positions.
A wide variety of genders, races, and ethnicities are represented, including a woman main character of Asian descent. A number of women characters in leadership roles and other prominent positions.
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Violence & Scariness
Violent battles and combat encounters, with guns and swords, are graphic, bloody, and gory. Children are slaughtered, and a father is killed in front of his daughter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A female character's bare buttocks and breast seen from a distance, in a non-sexual manner.
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"S--t" and "ass" are used.
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Products & Purchases
Based on the enormously popular, long-running video game series that's also spawned tons of merchandise, from clothing and books to toys and collectibles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens collect and consume plants that get them high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Halo is a science fiction action-drama series based on the popular, long-running video game franchise of the same name. The series features a central conflict between humans and aliens, resulting in violent battles between the two. Unlike the game's teen-appropriate combat encounters, the show's more mature conflicts feature blood, gore, and graphic violence. Children are slaughtered, and a girl watches as her father is graphically murdered.
Teen characters collect and consume a plant-based drug to get high. Foul language includes infrequent use of "s--t" and "ass." A woman's bare buttocks and breasts are briefly shown from a distance, in a non-sexual manner. The series does feature a number of women characters in strong, important roles, as well as a variety of races and ethnicities.
Is It Any Good?
This latest video game adaption strays pretty far from its polygon-fueled source material, but still pays tribute to its interactive roots in a number of fan-pleasing ways. Halo includes many elements followers of the first-person shooter might expect, from its iconic space marine protagonist and combat scenes featuring familiar weapons and vehicles to the unmistakable grunts of its evil extraterrestrials. Side characters, settings, and even occasional nods to that defining first-person camera perspective will similarly satisfy those who've typically experienced this sci-fi saga from behind a gamepad.
But those faithful call-outs to the source material are organically woven into a story that not only digs much deeper into the series' rich fiction, but diverges from it in welcome ways. In fact, you needn't have ever peered down the sites of a pulse rifle to be pulled in by Halo's character-driven drama, engaging conflicts -- both on and off the battlefield -- and absorbing world. The series occasionally suffers from lightweight production values and effects, as well as a sense it's trying a little too hard to deliver more narrative depth than the games. Overall though, it admirably delivers an experience that does right by Master Chief's most loyal fans, while also inviting newcomers to dive into its engrossing universe.
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