A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Hanna is ultimately about a young woman, raised in seclusion, who learns to take care of herself and make healthy decisions on her own.
Positive Role Models
Hanna has a global setting and two strong female leads.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is frequent, but not gratuitous. Hanna murders multiple people -- and blood is shown -- but the her arc seems to be bending toward curbing her violent tendencies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are shots of teenagers making out, but no sex or nudity. Part of Hanna's character arc seems to be discovering that boys find her attractive.
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Profanity happens, but sparingly: "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.
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Products & Purchases
There's no consumerism present in Hanna.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Hanna tries smoking and gets drunk in an all-ages club. These are portrayed as positive events for her, part of being a "normal" teenager. One minor character is an alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hanna is a sometimes-violent action thriller about a teenage girl who has been raised in isolation and trained in survival. Based on the 2011 film, Hanna commits multiple, violent murders, but these seem to be in service of an arc that has her learning to curb her violent tendencies. She also smokes cigarettes, drinks, and discovers that boys are interested in her -- all a part of her "maturing" and breaking away from the oversight of her father. It's a coming-of-age story where the protagonist just happens to be an assassin; older teen viewers will probably enjoy both aspects.
Is It Any Good?
The draw of the 2011 film the series is based on is often visual: chases through abandoned theme parks and riveting characters with strange quirks. But Amazon's Hanna has little of that same inspiration. Despite being a chase across Europe, the show looks just as bland as any number of other current TV dramas. The characterization is equally lacking, as the show seems to be withholding Erik's and Marissa's motivations for a big reveal. But it's still somewhat compelling, largely on the strength of Esme Creed-Miles' assured performance as the title character and the relatability of her struggle. She may have been CIA-trained from birth, but she's really just a kid trying to leave home for the first time.
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