Hunters

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Ultra-violent Nazi-hunting series asks ethical questions.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show raises ethical and moral questions -- most obviously, whether killing an evil person is justifiable murder.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The central figures on the show are a diverse group of people, while their enemies (Nazis) are purposefully not.

Violence

Violence shows up early and often, and it's extreme and graphic (think Tarantino). Images of murder, torture, and assault are frequent.

Sex

Simulated sex that includes nudity.

Language

Profanity is abundant: the f-word, "s--t," "ass," etc., as well as hate speech including racial epithets and many anti-semitic rants.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The main character begins the series as a drug dealer, though he is not shown using drugs. Characters smoke and drink alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hunters is a series about a team of Nazi hunters starring Al Pacino and Logan Lerman that is done in a heightened style that includes graphic violence. Profanity is abundant, including the f-word, "s--t," and "ass," as well as hate speech including racial epithets and many anti-semitic rants. Characters smoke and drink; and the main character begins the story as a drug dealer. Families with mature teens interested in historial fiction and questions of "what would happen if" can talk about the show's exploration of ethics and morals, specifically whether it's justifiable to kill people who themselves have performed acts of unspeakable evil. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byALtheman October 29, 2020
A little long and violent
Adult Written byDerhund April 12, 2020

Awful

Ultra violent, profane, and perverse. Nonstop profanities, depictions of explicit gay sex, lesbianism, gratuitously violent. Total culture coarsening junk.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLeonvol February 16, 2021

Violence!!!!!

This show is good. But it has tons of violence in the first five minutes of the first episode a man killed some people at his party(brutally) but a 14 year old... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byscar.52 November 8, 2020

alright for mature teens

i have watched it, it’s really good but there’s a lot of violence in there, i’m rewatching at the moment and it’s still one of the best things i’ve ever watche... Continue reading

What's the story?

In HUNTERS, Jonah Heidelbaum (Logan Lerman) is an aspiring weed dealer in late-70s New York City -- he's got a fiery temper but has trouble sticking up for himself. When his grandmother, his only surviving family member, is murdered in what looks like a home invasion, Jonah's amateurish investigation into her death leads him to a secret organization headed up by his grandmother's friend Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) and the discovery that a cadre of Nazis have settled in New York and are plotting a resurgence. 

Is it any good?

This series tries, but even with the star power of Pacino, it lacks the gravity required to really drive home the points it's trying to make. In the seventy-five years since the end of World War II, it's become relatively common to use Nazis as characters representing pure evil, including some of the most successful genre films of all time, like Raiders of the Lost Ark or Inglourious Basterds. So Hunters' use of Nazis as the ultimate villain isn't exactly fresh (though the resurgence of Nazism and white supremacist ideals in the United States in recent years might give it some added context).

But the show's comic book style approach -- the central character has a Spider-man-esque origin story and joins a superteam -- tends to undercut the show's historical context by depicting Nazis as simple run-of-the-mill bad guys, maybe even encouraging some viewers to root for them. Its depiction of Nazis is cartoonish to the point where the show may be making light of the actual historical atrocities that the characters are drawn from. What's missing in Hunters is precisely what makes Spielberg and Tarantino's films so great: no matter how broadly the Nazi characters are drawn, the atrocity of the war and the Holocaust are treated with the utmost gravity.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the historical context of Hunters. Where and when does the story take place? What's important to know about the history of the characters? How does the show depict this history? Does the show seem to have a point of view about its characters? What is it?

  • In an episode, Jonah and his buddies are walking out of a screening of Star Wars and Jonah imagines the Star Wars story from Darth Vader's point of view. How does that moment relate to the story of Hunters? What are the moral and ethical questions raised by both this show and Jonah's reading of Star Wars?

  • What genre would you place Hunters into? What are some of its aesthetic and stylistic touches? Does its heightened style make the violence easier to see, or does it feel the same as a more realistic show? 

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