A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show paints a shadowy picture of a dangerous world run by people who can't be trusted. There's an overarching sense of uncertainty, and several characters prove to be duplicitous.
Positive Role Models
Will is a good person at heart whose intelligence allows him to do difficult -- and morally questionable -- work. He recognizes the power he wields but is audibly uncomfortable with it.
Violence & Scariness
The main character is grappling with his wife and child's death (they died in the Sept. 11 attacks at the World Trade Center). Other subplots involve suicides and murders, but with minimal blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual innuendo between characters.
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Some rare, unbleeped swearing, including "s--t." Other audible words include "damn," "hell," etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this drama delves into some heavy subjects, including death, corruption, and government conspiracy. And while older teens could handle the content, the show's languid pacing just might not interest them. For the most part, language isn't an issue, although when characters do use the "s" word, it's not bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
Much like AMC's well-executed series Mad Men and Breaking Bad, Rubicon is moody and stylish, with nuanced performances that play more like the stuff of cinema than television. (Particularly in the case of leading man James Badge Dale, who looks eerily like a cross between Glee's Matthew Morrison and singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett.) The series also highlights the talents of lesser-known actors (with the exception of the more recognizable Miranda Richardson), lending a sense of realism -- rather than star power -- to the proceedings.
That said, it probably won't resonate well with those who prefer their drama with some fast-paced action -- they could perceive Rubicon as dull and dreary. After all, it doesn't stimulate the senses with snappy dialogue, quick edits, and explosions; it takes its time, draws out the story, and actually asks you to think. And that's something you might not be used to doing when you watch TV.
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