A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Patriotism, loyalty, corruption, responsible gun ownership.
Positive Role Models
Swagger is a veteran, patriotic, loyal, innocent of the crime he's accused of.
Violence & Scariness
Guns and rifles are everpresent. Close ups of bullets piercing bodies, bloody wounds; fist fights.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo; a brothel.
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Moderate swearing includes "s--t," "hell," "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shooter is a dramatic series about a former marine who finds himself caught up in a conspiracy. It contains violent images of shootings, including graphic images of bullets piercing bodies and bloody wounds. Physical altercations are also common. It contains themes like patriotism, and points to responsible gun ownership, but most of the show centers on corrupt behavior and war-like sniper activity. Beer drinking is visible, and there's cursing ("s--t"), too.
Is It Any Good?
This lukewarm series fails to capture the drama of the film from which it's adapted. While the plot is consistent, the characters aren't rounded out enough for viewers to fully appreciate who they are or their motives. The connections to the war in Afghanistan, patriotism, and loyalty that the story requires fail to establish the emotional context necessary to drive the narrative.
Shooter makes an effort to be significant, and even offers a quick nod to responsible gun ownership. But it ultimately feels flat and underdeveloped, and doesn't offer the richness that one looks for in a complex story world. Instead, what it presents is a typical "cat and mouse" chase that lacks the nuance required to make it stand out.
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