TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Solid female-led FBI drama addresses stereotypes, terrorism.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Terrorism is a major theme. Stereotypes about Muslims, Mormons, Jews, (etc.) are addressed by plot lines and characters. Lots of double-crossing, suspicion, and betrayal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many characters who seem reliable turn out not to be, though Alex is brave and determined. Both male and female characters are strong and resourceful -- as well as manipulative and untrustworthy. Diverse cast.


Guns, shootings, killings, suicides, fighting, bombings, often in the name of terrorism.


Steamy scenes of partially clad couples kissing, groping, and having implied sex -- in bed, in the shower, etc. Bras, naked shoulders, etc. seen. Some innuendo and suggestive comments.


"Hell," "damn."


Toyota, other logos occasionally visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Cocktails consumed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quantico is an FBI-based drama with strong themes relating to 9/11 and other terrorist acts. It highlights some of the stereotypes that exist about who's responsible for these kinds of crimes. There's lots of violence (guns, killings, suicides, explosions), some strong innuendo, rare drinking, and occasional iffy language. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byveryverde September 2, 2020

Surprised at the age recommendation

Less than 20 minutes into the first episode a couple met on a plane, had a drink, shared a few words, and the got busy in a car in the airport parking lot.
I c... Continue reading
Adult Written bymileswarner February 28, 2020

hooked from the start

This is a great show. There may be a few scenes that are a little inappropriate, it's a great action and thriller. I highly recommend this show and hope yo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byaudrey_3521 September 22, 2020

This is the BEST show EVER!!

I personally love this show so much! I find it super interesting, and not just mindless TV. Highly recommend!
Teen, 13 years old Written byLilykate June 16, 2020

Good show

If you kids know about 9/11 and you know where humans come from this show should be ok for them.

What's the story?

QUANTICO is a dramatic series about new recruits at the FBI Quantico Base in Virginia and their potential connections to one of the largest terrorist acts on American soil since 9/11. It stars Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish, a tenacious top recruit, who unexpectedly finds herself a prime suspect after New York’s Grand Central Station is bombed nine months after she joins the agency. But as the story unfolds, we go back in time and watch Parrish, along with fellow recruits like Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin), Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy), Simon Asher (Tate Ellington), Nimah Amin (Yasmine Al Massri), and the obnoxious Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers) going through training -- and attempting to hide their personal and professional secrets in the process. In the middle of it all is Special Agent Liam O’Connor (Josh Hopkins), and Quantico’s first female director, Miranda Shaw (Aunjanue Ellis). As Parrish tries to prove her innocence, important details from the past are revealed, distrust increases, and the threats to U.S. national security grow larger. 

Is it any good?

The intriguing series relies on a flashback-driven story style to purposely raise suspicions about cast members and highlight clues that will determine the identity of the actual "bad guy." It also underscores many of the preconceived notions that currently exist about different communities and the alleged threats they pose to the country.

While many of the events are predictable (some would argue implausible), what makes the series interesting is how the recruits interact with each other while slowly revealing themselves to the audience. Ultimately, the show is an entertaining puzzle that will force you to pay attention to details, and leave you mistrustful of everyone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way entertainment media addresses issues like terrorism and other threats to national security. Is it appropriate to use tragic events like 9/11 as a foundation for a fictional tv show or movie? Why or why not? 

  • What is the function of the FBI? What does it take to be an FBI agent? Does this show realistically portray what training is like?

  • What do you think about the portrayals of terrorists on the show? Are they fair or based on stereotypes

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