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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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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.

What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byT F April 9, 2008

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... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 17, 2010

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 watch... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul 2.0;... April 9, 2008

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 t... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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