Revolution

Common Sense Media says

Post-apocalyptic adventure balances violence, family themes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The world at large is ruled by fear and distrust, making family relationships more important than ever. Sticking together promotes safety and strength.

Positive role models

Charlie stands out as a positive young female role model who's brave, fiercely independent, and values family. She surrounds herself with people who prefer to live in peace but are willing to fight for justice and other admirable causes. That said, many other characters are duplicitous, so there's not always a clear distinction between "good" and "evil."

Violence

Intense violence involves guns, crossbows, swords, and hand-to-hand combat. Injuries are often bloody; characters die. Lots of threats; characters are captured and held against their will.

Sex

Mild innuendo, with allusions to characters having sexual relationships, etc.

Language

Sparing use of words like "hell," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism

Some logos and brand names are visible (Google, etc.), but they're mainly used for historical context.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some characters drink alcohol; others abuse it.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Revolution is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which technology, traditional government, and law enforcement no longer exist. As a result, viewers will see some intensely violent scenes involving weapons of every sort and some blood linked to deaths and injuries. Characters use words like "bitch" and "hell" and make mild allusions to sexual relationships, but there isn't much to see on-screen. Some characters drink alcohol, too, and one of the main characters has a tendency toward alcoholism. For teens old enough to handle the violence, this could be a good watch-together series.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

REVOLUTION is in the air 15 years after an unexplained catastrophe shut down all forms of technology and destroyed modern life as we know it, creating a fractured society ruled by fear and vigilante justice. Now, before she loses everything, young Charlie Matheson (Tracy Spiridakos) must honor her father's wishes to find her Uncle Miles (Billy Burke) -- a man she's never met -- and rescue her brother, Danny (Graham Rogers), from the grasp of ruthless militia leaders who've taken him into custody. But those in power are looking for Miles, too, in hopes that he knows why the planet went dark in the first place.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although Revolution's plot is technically original, you can't shake the feeling that you've seen shreds of it before in The Hunger Games, FlashForward, and countless other movies and TV shows in the post-apocalyptic genre. Yet, déjà vu aside, the series still manages to pull you in with effective drama (thanks to series creator Eric Kripke, who also dreamed up Supernatural) and well-paced action that employs both flashbacks and cliffhangers for maximum impact.

Much like the short-lived Steven Spielberg-produced series Terra Nova -- with which it also has a lot in common -- Revolution succeeds at combining highly watchable action with family-centric themes that make it a great choice for parents and older kids to watch together. It also centers on a strong young heroine who knows how to hunt and wield a weapon, which, considering the explosive appeal of The Hunger Games, probably isn't a bad thing, either.
 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Revolution's premise and whether a catastrophic loss of power could ever take place on a global scale. Could you imagine life without your cell phone, computer, or car? Are we too dependent on technology?

  • In the wake of a global disaster, do you think society would become more violent, less violent, or stay about the same? What position does the show seem to take -- and do you think that's realistic?

  • What's the appeal of post-apocalyptic storylines -- from TV shows like Revolution to books (and movies) like The Hunger Games? Do we watch them with any trepidation or merely tune in to be entertained?

TV details

Cast:Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiridakos
Network:NBC
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byjdfi September 25, 2012
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18
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Too violent for all ages

The previews for this show made it seem quite intriguing. The first episode was rather slow and violent, but I thought I'd check out the next episode to see if it was a show I'd enjoy watching long term. Nope. There is way too much graphic violence in this show. People regularly get stabbed and slashed with knives or swords, complete with bloody sound effects. I have no desire to watch that type of thing, and I certainly would not allow children or teens to watch it. In addition to the violence, the characters just aren't compelling. But the reason I will not waste my time on this show is the unnecessary violence. This is another show that could have been great, but isn't.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byWayward Girl September 25, 2012
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10
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i'm LOVING Revolution!

This show just came on a few weeks ago, and I already love it. It's really fun; about a post apocalyptic world after all electricity is turned off. JJ Abrams of LOST, Eric Kripke from Supernatural, and the director from Iron Man are in on this. It's the best of the best here. There is a lot of violence, so it might scare little kids but it's not too bad. No sex whatsoever, a few flirting scenes, but we're only a few episodes in so that might change later. Some swearing includes SOB, dang, and heck. Other than that this show is boss. I really suggest it to all who loved LOST or all who wanted to love LOST but thought it was too mature for younger audiences. It's great! I really hope it gets renewed.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15 year old Written byMom28monkeys October 3, 2013
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18
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I wish that the makers of “Revolution” had toned down the explicit violence, the crude language, and the unnecessary immodesty… if they had, I would be looking forward to watching Season 2 right now!

I think the premise of "Revolution" is really interesting, but the delivery is disappointing. Although the story is exciting and I would love to see what is going to happen next, we have stopped at the end of Season 1 and will not be starting Season 2. The show is filled with much unnecessary violence (constant blood-spurting as necks are slashed and people are stabbed and shot). I understand that the combat scenes are essential to the plot, and that’s fine, but in my opinion we don’t need the camera to focus on the gore and linger on it as if we should be enjoying the carnage! The language was much more crude and frequent than what I was expecting. It was a constant barrage of “b**ch”, “son-of-a-b**ch”, “ba***rd”, “h*ll”, “d**n”, “pr*ck”. There were some comments that I consider disrespectful towards women: references to “getting laid” and “banging her”. I was trying to watch this show with my two teenage boys, and there turned out to be a number of scenes that were inappropriate and uncomfortable for us. Female characters repeatedly undressed, usually down to bra and panties. There was at least once that the female lead was completely naked and the camera stayed on her as she got in and out of the bathtub. You don’t see “everything”, but there are teasing peeks at the sides of her breasts. There were two episodes that included sex. One instance was between a teenage boy and girl, and the other between a grown man and woman. Neither of the instances was explicit, just clear enough that you knew what was happening. One of the positive notes is that some of the characters demonstrate a strong sense of loyalty and family obligations.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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