Scorpion

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Tech-driven drama celebrates brains over brawn.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Working together is a major theme, and the plot centers on the team's quest to solve problems that save people's lives. Empathy is also promoted, as intelligence and characters' "geeky" quirks are celebrated. On a smaller scale, they're also helping a single mother learn how to connect with her gifted young son. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main characters have made mistakes in the past, some of them illegal. But they agree to use their gifts to help others and save lives with their collective knowledge. Being smart but also emotionally mature are valued traits.

Violence

Intense action scenes aren't violent outright, but there's a palpable sense of danger. Characters often risk their lives to save others whose lives are at risk.

Sex

Light romance/sexual tension between adult male and female characters.

Language

Gateway terms such as "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scorpion is a good option for teens, particularly those with tech-savvy tastes. Aside from some gateway terms ("hell," "damn"), intense action sequences, and light sexual tension, there's surprisingly little to look out for, and the overall message is roundly positive.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written byChristina B. January 23, 2015

Interesting Show with minimal to worry about

We pre-watch each episode, but so far have been able to watch most scenes with our 9yo daughter. She finds some of the material intense, but has always struggl... Continue reading
Adult Written bywasimt November 4, 2014

Show for all ages

This is a family show without being cheesy. High tech show. Real plot lines, grounded problems with real world (though little known) technical solutions and lot... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written by888Molly December 8, 2014
I love this show. It has violence, sort of a cop show, with super smart people. No inappropriate stuff, a few explosions. Interesting concept and there's a... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byi'mbeautiful January 7, 2016

Amazing & entertaining

I think that it teaches us that if we do something bad we are going to get caught ,and that they work really hard.

What's the story?

Errant computer genius Walter O'Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his friends get a renewed sense of purpose -- and, at last, a steady paycheck -- when a Homeland Security agent (Robert Patrick) recruits them to help the government counter high-tech threats. The SCORPION team starts with behavioral expert Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas), mechanical mastermind Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), and statistics whiz Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham) but soon adds single mom Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee), a former waitress struggling to connect with her gifted young son, to the payroll.

Is it any good?

We hate spoilers as much as the next viewer, so we won't spill any plots, but suffice it to say that most of them are incredibly hard to swallow, bordering on flat-out ridiculous. Even if your high-tech knowledge amounts to zilch, suspension of disbelief is essential here -- and so is a generous sense of humor.

More noteworthy for parents, perhaps, are Scorpion's generally positive messages about embracing your quirks, working together, and high-tech problem solving, providing some strong (if not slightly flawed) role models for teens who might be struggling within the confines of standard molds. Scorpion shows that it's OK -- even cool -- to be an oddball, and that's a powerful lesson worth learning.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Scorpion's premise and the show's take on technology. Is it something to be feared or embraced? In terms of tone, how does Scorpion compare to other series with tech themes?

  • Do Scorpion's main characters challenge existing "geek" stereotypes or reinforce them? How do Walter and his friends measure up as role models? 

  • How believable are Scorpion's plots and characters -- and does it matter? Where's the line between entertaining and ridiculous?

  • How do the characters on Scorpion demonstrate empathy? Why is this an important character strength?

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