A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Comedy about a team of competent LGBTQ+ spies relies on lots of stereotypes and slurs about the community in order to tell their story and get some laughs.
Positive Role Models
Steve Maryweather and his team are talented agency operatives who want to save the world.
Steve Maryweather and his team are LGBTQ+ but are subjected to orders from ranking officers who are straight, and in some cases, openly homophobic. A straight female cast member is highly ranked in the agency. One cast member is Black.
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Violence & Scariness
There's some fantasy violence, including shootings, explosions, and occasional fist fights. Guns, grenades, and knives are used, and blood is occasionally visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of flirtations and strong references to having sex. Men in tight underwear, go go dancers, and drag queens in sexy outfits are often visible. Nudity (bare buttocks and breasts) is also shown.
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Strong language ranges from "hell," "damn," and "bitch" to curses like "s--t" and "f--k." Steve Maryweather and the team are subjected to homophobic insults ("dildo," "lollipops," and other terms), only some of which are reclaimed by them. Sexist comments are also used against "V" by her superiors. Rude gestures are visible.
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Products & Purchases
References to pop stars like Ariana Grande are frequent. The team drives an old, tricked-out Subaru. References to Pep Boys and other establishments are made.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, wine, cocktails) is visible at bars and social venues.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
The celebrity-filled, adult-oriented animated Netflix comedy is the first TV series to feature an (almost) all LGBTQA+ crack pot spy team. It also features some likable characters, and a few lighthearted moments. Despite these details, Q-Force lacks the smart, sharp writing necessary to transcend or transform into witty social commentary the endless array of common, decades-old stereotypes it relies on for laughs. Furthermore, the homophobic and sexist slurs uttered by straight, male military operatives are so rude that there's nothing humorous about them. Some folks may find it funny and irreverent, but the overall show does little to improve LGBTQ+ representation in entertainment media.
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