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