Rush Hour

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Bloody reboot swimming in shoot-outs, outdated stereotypes.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Friendship, teamwork, and coming together in spite of obvious differences are major themes. But there's also some sexism and light racism, both of which feel majorly outdated.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters are comedic and dramatic foils -- one's a rule follower while the other's a rule breaker -- who eventually overcome their differences to form a functional partnership. That said, the writing often plays up tired stereotypes about Asians, African-Americans, and women.


Violent visuals include intense martial arts fighting, explosions, gun battles, death, and bloody injuries (including a man killed by a bullet to the head).


Mild sexual tension between male and female characters.


Audible words include "pissed," "bitch," "hell," "ass," and "damn."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking with light drug references; some characters smoke cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rush Hour largely mirrors the 1998 film that inspired it in terms of violence, with extensive martial arts fighting, gun battles, explosions, crashes, bloody injuries, and death (including a man who's shot in the head). Language is much milder than in the movie, though, with characters using words such as "bitch," "damn," "pissed," "ass," and "hell." There's some light sexual tension and social drinking, too, with a few references to illegal drugs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPeterman5 December 3, 2018

Is Rush hour coming back?

is Rush Hour going for good because it was actually a pretty good show and nowadays we don't many of those
Adult Written byDino Chargefan December 3, 2018

Rush Hour was actually a pretty good show

this was actually a pretty good show I enjoyed watching it but like everything else it got taken down too early I wish directors would stop doing that
Teen, 14 years old Written byDJ Ninja972 October 29, 2020

Nowhere near as good as the first movie

don't expect this to be like the lethal weapon tv show, as that was good and enjoyable and very reminiscent of the movies, whereas this isn't.
Teen, 13 years old Written byEric myers September 1, 2017
Club things considered this is a good show I think the character is doing excellent job of the Train the movie counterpart and I would love to see more

What's the story?

Based on the big-screen franchise starring Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, this small-screen reimagining of RUSH HOUR pairs loose-cannon Detective Carter (Justin Hires) of the LAPD with rule-following Detective Lee (Jon Foo) of Hong Kong, who join forces to bring down a ring of violent Chinese criminals involved in the disappearance of Lee's younger sister (Jessika Van).

Is it any good?

It's not like Rush Hour is a cinematic classic. But this poorly produced imitation only serves to spoil the things the original film got right, particularly the chemistry between its lead actors. Hires does a respectable job channeling Chris Tucker and is clearly having a lot of fun doing it. But a comparatively lackluster Foo is miles away from Jackie Chan's charisma and only fun to watch when he's pulling off the show's fast-paced fight choreography.

Instead of showing, the script tends toward telling with clunky dialogue that draws obvious conclusions and subtle stereotyping that feels awkwardly out of date. (Not to mention, there aren't any adorable little girls singing the heck out of Mariah Carey's "Fantasy.") The result is a show that feels too much like a throwback to interest new audiences and too much like a cheap imitation to impress franchise fans. Both groups will be happier watching the original.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Rush Hour the TV show compares to Rush Hour the film. How closely does this adaptation stick to the original? What changes were made to the story, plot, and characters to repackage it for a television audience? (And more importantly, does it work?)

  • To what degree does Rush Hour mine negative stereotypes about African-Americans, Asians, and women for laughs? Where's the line between funny and offensive?

  • How does Rush Hour's level of violence compare to other action-driven shows on TV? Is the TV show more or less violent than the original movie, and is either one OK for kids?

TV details

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