Parents' Guide to

Jericho

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mildly scary disaster drama fails to thrill.

TV CBS, Syfy Drama 2006
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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

Short-Lived but Solid TV Series

Violence: Occasional Tension and arguments. Gunfights happen from time to time, but happen without injury detail and rarely any blood. Occasional fisticuffs. In one scene a villain has their neck snapped by another villain. Images of nuclear mushroom clouds. Some moderate surgery scenes. Language: infrequent mild language such as damn, hell, b*stard. I've hear that some versions of it have sh*t, but on the version netflix had they never say that and no words are muted or bleeped out. Sex/Nudity: No sex scenes or nudity, but adultery is a storyline in the show. Rare mild sex references, including one allusion to prostitution (as a way to make money). Some kissing. In the 1st episode a married couple is shown asleep in a bed, but I don't think that really counts as sexual content. Drugs: Social drinking, rarely to drunkenness.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Beyond the tale of a small town affected by disaster is the mystery behind the explosion. As the possibility that the United States has been attacked becomes more likely, Jericho has the potential to be truly scary. While the potential is there, the dramatic moments are softened in Jericho and tension rarely builds for long. This makes the show more family-friendly, but a bit of a letdown for mature viewers. In one scene, for example, Jake Green (Skeet Ulrich) saves a dying girl by using a pocketknife and a collection of juice box straws to perform a tracheotomy. With only a bit of blood, the rescue is quick, easy, seemingly painless -- and old hat to those weaned on the likes of ER and CSI.

All in all, Jericho is by no means cutting-edge drama. It's familiar, sentimental stuff, and some viewers may find it a bit earnest and hokey, with an all-too-obvious message about patriotism and togetherness. It takes on some of the elements that make Lost so compelling and brings them down a notch to appeal to a younger, broader audience. But in doing so, much originality is lost as well.

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