Female assassin seeks revenge with weapons, not much blood.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Revenge is a major theme in the show. Loyalty is also important here. Some confusing messages about women who are violent and sexy at the same time.

Positive role models

Nikita is efficient, strong, and empowered, but seeking revenge against the agency that forced her to become an assassin is her primary motivator. She is loyal to her team and seeks to protect them (unless they violate her trust).


Nikita is a trained assassin who can kill with her bare hands. Major fight sequences incorporate guns, knives, and other weapons, sometimes to the death (but with little blood/gore). Enemies often commit torture using violence, including electrocution. The violent death of parents is discussed.


Female characters, including Nikita, often appear in slinky dresses, swimsuits, and lingerie. Romantic entanglements lead to kissing.


Audible language includes words like "bitch," and "screw."


Logos for products like Jeep vehicles and Dell computers are visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking at social functions is visible. Drugs and poisons are often used to subdue operatives.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like the TV and movie versions of the story that came before it (both called La Femme Nikita), this action series about a former assassin who's vowed to bring down the shadowy government agency that trained her to kill includes plenty of highly efficient action sequences as these human fighting machines go to work on each other with guns, knives, and sometimes their bare hands. Women sometimes go on missions in skimpy attire and are sometimes shown in their underwear for no obvious reason. Parents can also expect mild swearing (like "bitch") -- but the fighting, sometimes to the death, is the biggest red flag here.

What's the story?

NIKITA is on the run and looking for revenge. Once a top agent for the shadowy government agency Division, she eventually grew weary of being an assassin and wanted to get out. But Division puts a lot of work into finding and training its operatives to become ultra-lethal killing machines and doesn’t like to let them go. Still, Nikita managed to escape -- but hiding in fear isn’t this lady’s style. Now she’s back on the radar, ready to bring the agency down before her former colleagues can take her out.

Is it any good?


This CW series is at least the third remake of Luc Besson’s stylish 1980 French film La Femme Nikita. The basic concept is the same -- a secret government unit takes tough punks off the street, fakes their deaths, and then forces them to become assassins. But the new version smartly departs from the "origin story," starting not with Nikita’s recruitment and training but after she's escaped from Division and is taking aim at her former employers. This sets up a long-running war between highly trained killers and promises plenty of exciting action sequences.

Still, we've seen much of this high-octane spy action before, from James Bond to Mission: Impossible to Alias. The missions are different, but the taut sequences with ultra-competent agents seem familiar. What sets this show apart is Nikita, whose thirst for vengeance combined with her strong sense of humanity creates a complex character that is both empowered and likable. It also allows room for some quiet reflection, as Nikita begins to acknowledge the dangerous impact her personal mission will have on the people who she begins to care for the most.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about revenge. Do you agree with Nikita’s goal? Do you think accomplishing it would make her happy? It’s often quite satisfying to fantasize about revenge -- but do you think it’s just as fulfilling in reality?

  • How would you characterize the show's violence? Does it have as much impact as what you've seen in other TV shows or movies? Why or why not?

  • Action series frequently used to portray women as weak and helpless, but in recent years there have been many shows in which the female characters are as tough as any guy. What do you think of this shift? How does the female characters' sexuality factor into these shows?

TV details

Cast:Lyndsy Fonseca, Maggie Q, Shane West
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent Written bysperryking July 9, 2011

Nikita is Great

Despite the fact that Nikita is an assassin she is a relatively good role model. she gives women a sense of power and independence. If you see the show you will understand Nikita is a women who is fighting for a good cause.She shows tha she actually cares for peoples well being and will stop at nothing to stop this secret evil government organization from causing anymore harm. Nikita bring is an intelligent, talented, classy women who brings sexiness and sophistication to this action filled suspenseful series where she takes on big powerful men and an entire government division with a partner, a few allies and weapon resources. And well it might not be good for audiences of younger ages due to its graphic nature it is okay for teens to watch. Also it kicks the crap out of that old women being helpless stereotype. who knows we might be seeing more zelda saving link games
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written bytaymomsenfan October 7, 2010

Great show for Women

AMAZING SHOW<3 i love the woman empowerment feel it has and the storyline is really good.
Adult Written bydr dew November 14, 2011


i am a guy who believe it or not loves this show and yes you read it right i said i was a guy but this is just so mutch fun and action you cant help but love every butt kicking second of it i recomend it to all action fans male or female
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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