Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Common Sense Media says

Avengers TV follow-up is violent but thrilling fare.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

As with all superhero stories, this series reminds us that no one goes it alone. Teamwork prevails and usually tips the balance in favor of the team of heroes. Similarly, though each team member boasts different talents, it's the combination of all of them that makes the agents so powerful. There's also a theme of responsibility in the story with multiple variations of the classic Marvel line, "With great power comes great responsibility," heard. To that note, the heroes are expected to serve the public. Less quantifiable skills like intelligence are valued as much as strength and bravery.

Positive role models

Being heroes doesn't necessarily mean that these characters are perfect. Many have uncertain pasts, which are revealed in pieces to viewers. They don't always get along, nor do some take orders well, but they are able to set aside their differences in the interest of public safety. Despite being the "good guys," the heroes often rely on violence to take down their enemies. Strong female roles exist within the team.

Violence

Lots of explosive violence that brings down city buildings and causes injuries like cuts and scrapes, though given the scope of the mayhem, the blood and gore is kept to a minimum. Guns and other weapons are in play, but most of the damage is suffered by inanimate objects like walls and desks rather than people. Some hand-to-hand fighting gets intense and leaves victims with injuries. A man is shot by a tranquilizer gun in one scene. Some characters have supernatural abilities they can wield at will.

Sex

Some innuendo and banter between characters, and women often wear tight outfits that accentuate their curves. 

Language

"Bitch," "frickin'," and "Oh my God" are heard on occasion.

Consumerism

The series is the continuation of the box office hit The Avengers, but most of the characters have changed to fit the small screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a primetime follow-up to the popular movie The Avengers, so it's bound to be a draw for anyone who enjoyed the film. That said, none of the movie's highest-profile cast members return for this series, so it's not difficult to jump into the action without having seen the film. Violence is indicative of the cop dramas it's modeled after, so you'll see explosions, fires, beatings, and the use of guns and other weapons, and some people are injured in the crossfire. Strong language is a minor concern ("frickin'" and "bitch" are repeat offenders), and there's some playful sexual banter between male and female characters. On the upside, teamwork and social responsibility are recurring themes, and there are three strong, competent female agents in the mix.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. opens with the promotion of black ops expert Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) to the highest level within a secretive government agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division). Headed by Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), whose fate hung in the balance at the conclusion of The Avengers, the agency is tasked with protecting the public from otherworldly threats of all shapes and sizes. Ward joins the brilliant scientific team of agents Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), expert pilot Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), and new recruit and computer hacker extraordinaire Skye (Chloe Bennett) to form the newest S.H.I.E.L.D. team.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's no easy task to follow on the heels of a blockbuster like The Avengers, much less to do so in small-screen format and without all of your headliners. Even with Joss Whedon again in the director's chair, this isn't going to be an Avengers 2. Gregg's return as Agent Coulson bridges the gap to some degree, but for the most part, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an entirely new story based on a new set of characters. Though this might disappoint some fans, it does help distinguish between a movie-length format and this cop drama-style series encompassing the team of agents rather than their individual standouts.

But for those open to these changes, the series is a thrilling ride that won't disappoint. Rapid-fire, often comical dialogue and action sequences that stretch the confines of the small screen are indicative of Whedon's past successes. What's more, the series format allows for even more enticing evolution of various story arcs, whose mysteries -– including the truth behind Agent Coulson's miraculous recovery –- promise to span multiple episodes.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this show's relationship to The Avengers. Is it meant to be a sequel? If not, why have any similarities at all? Does it do well to distinguish itself from the movie?

  • What is this story's message about heroes? To what degree do real-life heroes exist in your community? What does it take to be one?

  • How does this show's violence compare to that of other primetime offerings? What is the new standard for this type of content? Are we becoming more tolerant of realistic sequences like the ones in this series? Does this have any effect on how we view real-life violence?

TV details

Cast:Brett Dalton, Chloe Bennett, Clark Gregg
Network:ABC
Genre:Action
Topics:Superheroes, Space and aliens
TV rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old September 30, 2013
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12
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Not too scary, WATCH IT!!!

Loved this show! Thrilling and faced paced. Anyone who sees the Avengers has to watch this show and won't be alarmed by anything on it. A woman flirts with a man, but no kissing yet, some violence, guns, and the wreckage of a train station and some people injured. Little blood and language. People stick up for they're team, are strong characters, and show compassion even for criminals. Watch the show on ABC!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Parent Written byNicky Cee February 6, 2014
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15
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So very, very violent

We started watching this with my boys (11 and 7) last fall. It was borderline then on the violence and sex scale but still OK because it is Marvel and it is cool. Not anymore. This last episode (on the train with the good guys trying to track a secret case) was so, so violent and over the top. Stabbing in the back, girl shot at close range twice with one shot where the gun is pressed against her belly while she is being hugged(!), huge amounts of blood, more stabbing, open wounds, then ridiculous amounts of blood. Follow this with talk of the two main characters "having sex". What is wrong with these producers? This is Marvel. It's supposed to be for kids. Please don't watch this show with young children or you will be sorry.
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 September 24, 2013
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13
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Decent spinoff of "Avengers"

As a big fan of "The Avengers", I was eagerly anticipating this series. It was a little different than I expected, and there's certainly room for improvement (character development, more complicated story lines), so overall it's just okay. It's not the best show in the world but it's not the worst, either. Violence: Some of action/battle scenes, mostly involving hand-to-hand combat (and some blood), but it's never really graphic. Characters are sometimes killed. Sex: A few minor references, implied sexual activity (you see kissing and men and women getting dressed), and some of the females wear revealing outfits. Language is very mild, only including words like "h*ll", "cr*p", and "a**". Despite the content, "Agents of Shield" is somewhat milder than the "Avengers" film.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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