A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light romance/sexual tension between adult male and female characters.
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Gateway terms such as "hell" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.