A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the power of knowledge, critical thinking, and logic and subtly promotes the concept that it's cool to be smart. But it also sends complicated messages about drug use, addiction, and ethics.
Positive Role Models
Men and women work together to solve complicated problems. As for Brian, he's a "good person" at the core, and his sole motivation is to save his father's life. (The agent he's working with is equally driven by her desire to get NZT off the streets.) But he steps into an ethical gray area when he strikes conflicting deals with a seasoned NZT user and the FBI.
Violence & Scariness
Intense moments of violence, including shootings and bloody crime scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light sexual tension between main characters; brief flashes of lingerie; implied sex.
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Words such as "ass" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The NZT-48 drug and its addictive qualities are a major part of the plot; some other references to drinking and illegal drugs, such as pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Limitless is set several years after the events of the feature film that inspired it and centers on a mysterious, mind-enhancing drug with addicting powers. (The main character is technically a drug user but uses his abilities to help others, making ethical compromises in pursuit of the greater good.) You'll see some intense moments of violence, including shootings with some blood, as well as light sexual tension between characters. You'll also hear words such as "damn" and "ass."
Is It Any Good?
It would've been easy to take the 2011 Bradley Cooper thriller Limitless and transfer its plot to a much smaller screen, but this slick adaptation made the decision to be a bit more original. By setting the TV show several years after the events of the film and building in regular cameos from Cooper himself -- who reprises his movie role (albeit in a minor capacity) and doubles as the show's executive producer -- this continuation of the Limitless brand plays like an effectively smart sequel, using the story that spawned it as a springboard rather than a blueprint.
That's not to say that this Limitless is without its limits: If you peel away the shiny exterior, you'll find a pretty standard crime drama with predictable formulas. But Limitless at least gives us a charismatic hero and a complex set of questions to ponder concerning addiction, motivation, and moral compromise, with the potential to become more addicting as the story unfolds.
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