TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Post-apocalyptic adventure balances violence, family themes.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

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

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 & Representations

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."


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.


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


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


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAstrid Griffin Blake August 29, 2015

Love love love revolution

Revolution has got alot of violence as you can probably see by the name. A tiny bit of sex. Basically the electricity goes out and a few years later people are... Continue reading
Parent of a 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 15-year-old Written byMom28monkeys October 3, 2013

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 w... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byWazzara December 31, 2020

Awesome Show!

This show has a lot of everything, It has language, lots of alcohol drinking, sex, and violence, but it also has great characters, relationships, and an awesome... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byellaw13 July 21, 2017

not worth your time

overall, this show is very mediocre. except for a few scenes, the acting and cinematography is mediocre. the violence is pushing the envelope for tv-14. the sho... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

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For kids who love drama and sci-fi

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