Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (AOS) had the potential to be an excellent comic-based TV series that could serve as an auxiliary story expander to the larger-scale Marvel Studios movies. Unfortunately, the show has proven to be a disappointing spin-off that is not worthy of the Marvel name.
With occasional exceptions (i.e., Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson and guest stars Bill Paxton and Jamie Alexander), AOS's characters and story lines are unimaginative and poorly developed -- so much so, in fact, that it's difficult to establish any connection between the events and relationships on this show and those of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But that's not the biggest problem with this series.
No matter what producers may say regarding the target audience of their films/series, the fact is that children, most of whom (especially boy) seem to have an innate attraction to all things super hero, flock to the theaters to watch anything that has to do with comic books and super heroes. And it should come as no surprise that those same children will be interested in viewing a TV show that is marketed under the Marvel banner and that is associated with their favorite super heroes who teamed up in the Avengers.
That said, both Marvel and ABC have a moral obligation to ensure that this TV series, which airs in a time slot when many children are still awake and watching, is appropriate for younger viewers. Sadly, ABC, as usual, has decided to push the envelope with this show and make it as racy and edgy as they can get away with on prime time network TV, rather than making it acceptable for family viewing. The violence tends toward excessive at times, the language is unnecessarily coarse, and sexual immorality (namely, fornication -- that is, sex outside of the sacred, protective perimeters of one-man, one-woman marriage) is treated with casual and reckless disregard. On that note, the sexual situations on the show are shockingly offensive and aggressively erotic. There is absolutely NO excuse for including this trash in a comic-based TV series that the producers know good and well will be watched by kids. Ironically, the language and sex scenes in AOS -- a network TV show, mind you -- are actually worse (in some ways, MUCH worse) than the material found in the Marvel movies. As a matter of fact, other than one completely gratuitous scene in the first Iron man film, there hasn't been (and I pray there won't be in the future) any bed hopping or clothes-tearing soft porn in ANY of the Marvel movies.
Based on these reasons, I cannot recommend Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to any parent or to any person who appreciates the powerful influence that media has on the moral character and belief system of impressionable young minds. Please pass on this one.