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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that SEAL Team is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of a group Navy SEALs. It features fictional secret military maneuvers that often lead to lots of fire power, bloody wounds, fatal close-range shots, and death. While shown in context, it’s a bit much for younger viewers, and older ones may find it disturbing. There are also some mature themes, including marital issues, parenthood, coping with PTSD, the potential for sexual abuse, and others.
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SEAL TEAM is a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of a group of Navy SEALs. It stars David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, the leader of the tier-one team who is struggling with the death of one of his men under his command. He, along with Ray (Neil Brown Jr.) and Sonny (AJ. Buckley), is sent out on secret elite missions assisted by CIA analyst Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré) -- missions that put their lives on the line every day. Joining them is the obnoxious but smart second-generation SEAL trainee Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot), who hopes to join Hayes' team permanently. Logistics officer Diaz (Toni Trucks) makes sure they're outfitted with the gear necessary to succeed at every mission. From deploying on dangerous secret missions at a moment's notice, to chasing down terrorist operatives and conducting hostage rescues, to trying to keep their marriage and families together, Hayes and his team are committed to serving their country and fearlessly keeping the United States safe.
Is it any good?
This pretty predictable series combines family drama with covert missions in an attempt to underscore the sacrifices Navy SEALs make to serve their country. It’s fiction, but the plots rely heavily on current international affairs to make it relevant. Adding to this are the expected personal demons and family tensions that arise as a result of being committed to the job.
Slow-moving scenes are used to highlight the strategic precision each covert operation requires, which can sap the energy of the show. Nonetheless, SEAL Team still delivers a fair amount of fire power to keep it moving forward. The camaraderie between the team members also adds some substance to the show. It may not offer anything particularly new, but fans of military-themed television will find it entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Navy SEALs. What does SEAL stand for? Are women and men SEALs? What are SEALs' primary job? What does it take to be one?
Families can talk about how shows like SEAL Team feature men and women serving their country in a military capacity. Does it offer a realistic view of what this is like?
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