Time-travel drama is entertaining but mature.

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Positive messages

While his marriage has had its problems, Dan is a loving husband and a caring father. Still, there are hints of infidelity and love triangles. The main cast members are all Caucasian, though people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds are visible.


Scenes include characters getting punched, kicked, and hit with baseball bats, fireplace pokers, and other items. There are also images of people getting hurt, hit by cars, and suffering various other accidents. Guns visible.


Embraces (with some kissing) and strong sexual innuendo. Women in skimpy underwear.


On the milder side; "hell," "damn," etc.


Various San Francisco landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and trolleys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol consumption (especially beer) is frequently visible. Dan's friends think he has a substance abuse problem. There are references to both Dan and Jack being recovering addicts.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this time-travel drama about a journalist who changes people's lives includes some mature subject matter (marital problems, hints of infidelity), violent moments (characters are punched, hit, and kicked), and fairly strong sexual innuendo. The main character's odd, time-travel related behavior also leads to frequent discussions of potential substance abuse among those who don't know what's going on.

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What's the story?

Rome's Kevin McKidd stars as Dan Vassar, a busy journalist at the San Francisco Register who lives with wife Katie (Gretchen Egolf) and son Zach (Charles Henry Wyson). Everything seems normal until Dan's 10th wedding anniversary, when he suddenly finds himself waking up in seemingly random places in time. As Dan begins journeying to and from his present-day life, he slowly starts to realize that he's supposed to change the course of certain people's lives. A strange encounter with deceased ex-fiancée Livia (Moon Bloodgood) confirms that there's a purpose behind his travels.

Is it any good?


The show centers on a staple sci-fi plot device -- time travel -- and reveals how a simple moment in time can change the course of a life forever, but JOURNEYMAN is, ultimately, a story-driven romantic mystery. It offers sophisticated storylines with interesting plot twists. It also comes with some strong sexual innuendo and violent moments. But all in all, this time-travel mystery offers mature viewers (teens and up) good entertainment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of time-travel stories. Why do viewers like watching TV shows and movies about the subject? Is it more or less interesting than other sci-fi themes, like space travel and extraterrestrials? Why? If time travel were a reality, where (or, more accurately, when) would you want to go? Who would you want to see? Would you change anything?

TV details

Cast:Gretchen Egolf, Kevin McKidd, Moon Bloodgood
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 10 years old January 17, 2010
age 12+

i miss this show SO much! loved it!

i loved this show, it was great! i loved learning about different times as he went to them! its horrible the show got canceled. people were stupid for not watching this.
Adult Written byterra100 April 9, 2008
age 0+

great show -- hope it stays on the air

If you have children younger than 14-15 in the room watching this show, you will be uncomfortable here and there with some mature scenes (no nudity, just mature relationships and some VERY brief showing of skin, bras, underwear). But, I loved this show. It is about caring people who want to do the best in life despite real-life or other-worldly obstacles ... including staying together in a somewhat difficult marriage! I hope this show does well, as it could gain a following like Medium.
Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul 2.0;... April 9, 2008
age 0+

I'm sorry, but this show is just utterly generic

Granted, I am basing this review purely on the pilot of the episode, which is the only one I was able to watch since that's all NBC decided to include on their preview DVD. However, based solely on that-- and I admit, the show for all I know could add some twists and original ideas and become a great show, it just hasn't shown any signs that it will-- the characters are average, as is the acting mainly, with the obvious exception of Kevin McKidd (having just finished up with HBO's "Rome"). The script is nothing more than a combination of different plots that have been used countless times for shows or movies that have to do with time travel. The production and direction are slick, but those factors can't redeem the show by themselves. And while there's nothing wrong with a show using ideas from something else, it has to be done well and incorporate enough fresh ideas of its own to prevent its episodes from being more than just a passing distraction. I was, quite honestly, bored-- more in a "I'm staring at a TV for no reason other than to preview NBC's lineup before the pilots and I'm not really caring much about this show" kind of way-- and I was not nearly interested enough to even tune in for the second episode. Not to mention that the ending of the pilot, which was so obviously supposed to be the show's huge kind of twist/"Oh my gosh, that was brilliant" moment, was so predictable I figured it out as soon as McKidd's character asked for a shovel (or whatever implement he used). Really, I cannot understand CSM's four star rating, as this show is one of weakest of NBC's new shows. If you want the best new fall shows to watch I would suggest "Pushing Daisies", "Chuck", "Reaper", and "Life" (if you appreciate nuanced acting and realize just how volatile of a character Damian Lewis is portraying if you really look at his personality.) If you want nothing more than an hour of TV to pass some time, then by all means, Journeyman will take up that hour of your life. Whether you'll actually be satisfied with that decision is something else entirely.


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