A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include fighting evil, love, loss, and family.
Positive Role Models
Alfred Pennyworth prefers to protect, not kill. Members of the Raven Society want to take over the British government, and will stop at nothing to do it.
Strong women (both good and evil) are portrayed. Some secondary characters are Black and Asian.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of guns and shootings, some of which lead to death. People are shown being slapped, beaten, or tortured with knives and electricity. Bloody wounds are frequently visible. Stalking is also a theme. Sometimes people ask Pennyworth to kill people who are bothering them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content ranges from bedroom scenes and partial nudity (breasts) to themes relating to infidelity and sexual sadism. A few episodes feature more explicit behavior than others.
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Audible curses include swears like "s--t" and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, cocktails, sherry) is visible, and sometimes leads to drunken behavior. Cigarette and cigar smoking is also shown. Occasionally drug abuse (cocaine) is seen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pennyworth is an action series based on the early life of Batman character Alfred Pennyworth. There's lots of violence that includes physical assaults, shootings, scenes of torture, and bloody wounds. There's also some cursing, smoking, and excessive drinking. Drug use is occasionally visible. Sexual content includes occasional nudity (bare breasts), and there are themes relating to infidelity and sexual sadism.
Is It Any Good?
The fun and lively series offers viewers an entertaining backstory that features colorful characters, romance, and lots of action as Pennyworth stops villains trying to take over the British Empire. Jack Bannon's genteel but self-controlled and steely portrayal of the young Pennyworth is likable, but complicated, especially when negotiating his relationship with his parents (played by Dorothy Atkinson and Ian Puleston-Davies), and with love interests like Esme Winikus (Emma Corrin). Meanwhile, malefactors like Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith) add some bizarre humor. Pennyworth stands on its own, and doesn't require viewers to like, or even know, Bruce Wayne's story to appreciate it. Nonetheless, older Batman fans may take a special interest in it.
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