Parents' Guide to

Scarecrow and Mrs. King

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

His-and-hers spy series is still fun -- but a little sexist.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Good, clean 80's fun...

MacGyver meets Mission Impossible but better and funnier than both. Pretty clean, especially for an 80's series. There some non-graphic fight scenes, explosions/gunfire and a few interrogations by the bad guys not very suitable for younger viewers (mild). Any suggestive themes are very tame and would go right over younger kids' heads. There's a few uses of "D" and "H" but that's about as bad as it gets. Alcholic beverages are sometimes consumed at social events (for cover purposes), some villians smoke and various drugs are used by the bad guys for interrogations or manipulation. For very young audiences I'd advise parental monitoring. Some episodes are cornier than others but all in all it's pretty much light and entertaining.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Airing for four seasons on CBS, Scarecrow and Mrs. King enjoyed a good run (along with an Emmy Award for its score and several other nominations), but never got real closure thanks to an end-of-season cancelation. Still, most people who saw it at the time remember it fondly as a fun spy series with admittedly improbable plotlines that a family could generally watch with few content concerns.

Upon second look though, it's amusing to see how much the series relied on rather rigid male and female stereotypes of its day, casting Scarecrow as the worldly and unattached ladies' man while Mrs. King remained largely confined to the world of the grocery store checkout line. And while today's working and stay-at-home moms might not all be instant spy material, they're far more capable and useful than the series would have you believe.

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