Common Sense Media says

Action drama mixes motherhood and bloody violence.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Missing is a drama about how far a mother will go to help her son, but it also involves so much violence and law-breaking that positive messages are diluted.

Positive role models

Becca is smart, strong, and empowered. She'll do whatever she has to do to help her son, even if that means breaking laws along the way.


Frequent physical fighting, strangulation, gun shots, explosions, and other violent acts. Bloody wounds are sometimes visible; people sometimes die as a result.


References to STDs. Female characters are shown taking off their shirts and removing their bras and having wounds bathed (no visible nudity).


Words like "hell" are occasionally audible.


Mercedes-Benz, Peugeot, Citroen, and other common European car makes and models are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The illegal drug trade is a main theme. Cigarettes and alcohol are visible.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Missing is an action-adventure series centering on a strong and empowered female lead character who's subjected to lots of physical attacks (punches, kicks, gunshots, etc.) that lead to bloody wounds. Explosions and other violence are also visible. Women are shown in sexy clothes, in their underwear, and in various stages of undress or being bathed (though there's no actual nudity). Words like "hell" are sometimes audible; alcohol and cigarettes are occasionally visible. The illegal drug trade is a theme of the show.

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What's the story?

MISSING stars Ashley Judd as Becca Winstone, a retired CIA agent who's forced to use her training in order to find her missing son. After her CIA agent husband Paul (Sean Bean) dies at the hands of Russian Intelligence, Winstone commits her life to raising and protecting her son, Michael (Nick Eversman). When he's kidnapped a decade later during a summer internship in Italy, Becca finds herself returning to Europe and relying on former colleagues for help, including Italian agent Giancarlo Rossi (Adriano Giannini). But following the leads that will lead to her to Michael proves difficult, especially when she raises the suspicions of American agent Dax Miller (Cliff Curtis), as well as other European operatives.

Is it any good?


Missing tells a rather traditional story about a mother doing anything to help her child, but it does so by offering an action-packed drama that revolves around the secret world of international intelligence. The result is a heroine whose empowerment comes from her determination, strategic thinking, and superhero-like ability to withstand lots of violent attacks with minimal injury. It also presents motherhood as both a benefit and a hindrance when it comes to getting the job done.

While Missing offers some of the suspense that you'd expect from this type of show, Becca's awkward transitions between being a cold and calculating field agent and a desperate mother lead to some uncomfortable, over-the-top melodramatic moments. The result is a show that's entertaining but that leaves you wondering who it's trying to appeal to.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the media presents motherhood. What questions does it raise about the compatibility between parenthood and working at a dangerous job? Is this an issue that pertains more to mothers than to fathers? Why or why not?


  • Thrillers, mysteries, and crime dramas often incorporate violent themes into their stories, but is it necessary to show this violence? When does showing a violent act go too far? What kind of impact does watching violence in the media have on viewers?

TV details

Cast:Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Nick Eversman
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bySteel Claw March 21, 2012

High Intreuge Must See

Missing shows the high impact of a mothers love for her son who has been abducted while attending college in Italy. It is believed tha her son was possibly abducted because of dealing with or knowing about illegal drug trade going on while he is attending school. This program has an awesome sense suspention, drama, and action all roled into a very dynamic drama.
What other families should know
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bymrbookworm01 March 16, 2012

OK show for young teens and up

I saw the pilot episode of this show last night, and I think CSM is overreacting about the violence in the show. It does sometimes show some blood, but not a lot. Becca is a nice woman who just wants her son to be safe (although she does ingage in some questionable acts) But overall, the show's ok and fine for kids 12+ who can handle the show's violence. Violence: The beginning of the pilot episode shows a car exploding, killing the passengers inside. The show's central plot is the kidnapping of an 18-year-old man. Lots of combat fighting and a few instances of gun violence. Some injuries are sustained, and some bloodshed. People are shown being killed. But nothing too graphic is shown. Sex: Mentioning of STDs, and a man helps a woman undress to take a bath, but no nudity is shown. Language: Use of the word "hell" Consumerism: Some brief product placement, but nothing too obvious. Drinking: Mentioning of an illegal drug trade, and some smoking and alchol use occurs.
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
Adult Written bydr dew March 15, 2012


well me and my 12 "yes you read that right 12 " year old brother just finished watching this show and we both absolutley loved it action packed fun for the both of us and we will ceartinly watch for weeks to come oh yea this show is extreamly vilolent so you may not want to let very small chilodren watch alone or even at all but otherwise great show
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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