Hooten & the Lady

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Fun, modern Indiana Jones-style treasure hunting adventure.

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Positive Messages

Curiosity, history, exploration all themes. Some stereotyping. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hooten and Lady Alex are very different, but work well as a team. Lady Alex is strong, curious, intelligent, courageous, and independent. 

Violence

Folks are thrown out of windows, dragged by horses, knocked out, shot, etc. Limited blood, some die. Knives, machetes, guns, other weapons visible.

Sex

Some innuendo, including descriptions of sexual rituals, a subtle suggestion of prostitution. Bare bottoms blocked out. 

Language

"Ass," "hell," some bleeped words (with mouths blurred).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, other drinks occasionally consumed. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hooten & the Lady is a British action/adventure series about a treasure-hunting pair. Profanity is bleeped (with mouths blurred), and occasional nudity (bare bottoms) is covered. Violent moments include people getting thrown out of windows, shot, and knocked out, but little blood is visible. Beer, wine, and hard liquor are sometimes consumed. There's some stereotypical characterizations of people from indigenous cultures and from certain developed countries, too. Nonetheless, the overall series is milder than most U.S.-produced action shows, and older tweens will probably have no trouble handling it. 

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What's the story?

The British action adventure series HOOTEN & THE LADY features a rugged American and a British museum curator who share a passion for global treasure hunting. Lady Alexandra Spencer-Parker (Ophelia Lovibond) is looking for historical artifacts that will help her and her boss, Ella Bond (Jessica Hynes), increase museum funding. Meanwhile, Ulysses Hooten (Michael Landes) trades in rare items that he finds throughout his travels. After meeting each other unexpectedly in the Amazon jungle, the two begin to work together to find legendary artifacts. They're very different, but they find a way to get themselves out of dangerously exciting situations.

Is it any good?

This series offers Indiana Jones-type adventure stories that are both fun and predictable. As each narrative unfolds, it reveals some expected conflicts and mild sexual tensions. Most of these develop as the pair travels around the world, often to exciting and exotically remote locations. 

There are some obvious stereotypical caricatures, used mainly to accentuate some of the show's more colorful and bizarre moments. But it's the way this particular series deals with goofy lines and expected clichés that actually makes it work. If you're looking for some lighthearted action, Hooten & the Lady will fit the bill. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about travel and adventure. Why would someone choose to explore the world like they do in Hooten & the Lady

  • TV and movies sometimes introduce stereotypical characters as a way of identifying different cultures. Is this appropriate? How does Hooten & the Lady characterize different cultures throughout the series?   

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