Parents' Guide to

Patriot

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Spy drama's dark humor and violence don't blend well.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

Media critics are pretty useless

The main review on this page has completely missed the point. I'm sure they would have appreciated it if there somebody put a chick in it and made her gay. Unless you're blind to the community reviews, you're just helping build the panderverse.
age 14+

The review posted on the main page for this tv show overlooks the point and overall message of this show; that it is about mental health and the characters fight to overcome his depression.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This series tries -- and fails -- to make dark comedy out of serious ethical, emotional, and physical dangers. Patriot's three main characters are part of a father-and-sons national intelligence team. At times, it seems like the family business is causing the sons' lives to unravel. Edward (Michael Chernus), a Congressman, must lie about a son he's fathered out of wedlock. Dad Tom (Terry O'Quinn) sends son John (Michael Dorman) on a perilous mission to deliver money to Iranian contacts, even though he knows his son's mental and emotional health are unstable.

In between scary situations that lead to violent episodes, John -- a real tragicomic figure -- sings about his mental battles and heartache in folk songs; the music is one of the few reliably enjoyable elements of this show. Patriot adds even more confusion to the already complicated world of international intrigue and more often than not fails at its attempts to bring humor to a heavy subject.

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