The Brave

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Military drama has diverse cast, solid stories, violence.

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Positive Messages

It takes brave people to serve the country. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The team is committed to saving hostages, protecting the U.S., etc. Women are soldiers, part of special ops, sharpshooters, and surgeons, and hold positions of authority. 

Violence

Guns, rifles, car bombings. Violent kidnappings, punches, shoving, etc. Blood sometimes visible. Terrorism, executions, and beheadings discussed. 

Sex
Language

"Hell," "damn." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking occasionally visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Brave is a military drama about a close-knit special ops team that specializes in dangerous, high-level missions in the Middle East. It's got all the violence, stereotypes, and messages about national pride that many military series historically contain. However, it stands out from the crowd for a few reasons: The cast is racially and ethnically diverse, women are part of the special ops team and have positions of authority, and the overall plotlines are well-developed. It’s not meant for tweens, but teens who like action-heavy military drama may enjoy it. 

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Adult Written byMaggie A. March 7, 2018

Very well put together military style tv show that portrays with much accuracy in all aspects, a special ops unit tied close to real world scenarios

I think The Brave stands out among most tv shows, present or past in the portrayal special ops units in very close to real world scenarios. It gives equality wi... Continue reading
Adult Written byCathy M. April 7, 2018

Best show on TV

The Brave is so well written. All the characters are diverse and have a great comraderie . Every episode leaves you wanting more. #RenewTheBrave

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What's the story?

THE BRAVE is a military drama about a close-knit special ops team that specializes in dangerous, high-level missions in the Middle East. It stars Mike Vogel as Captain Adam Dalton, who heads up his talented team, including Sgt. Jasmine "Jaz" Khan (Natacha Karam), combat medic Sgt. Joseph "McG" McGuire (Noah Mills), CPO Ezekiel "Preach" Carter (Demetrius Grosse), and intelligence officer Agent Amir Al-Raisani (Hadi Tabbal). They take orders from D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (played by Anne Heche), who is assisted in her D.C. office by a team of analysts that includes Mission Coordinator Hannah Archer (Sofia Pernas) and Cultural Specialist Noah Morgenthau (Tate Ellington). From rescuing a kidnapped American doctor from sure execution, to locating and bringing back a suspected terrorist leader, they're committed to successfully completing any undercover operations assigned in order to protect America. 

Is it any good?

This series features lots of suspenseful moments as the team goes on dangerous missions to rescue, remove, or kill any target put before them. To this end, it features expected violent moments and military strategies that reflect ongoing events in the Middle East. It also makes a point of highlighting the importance of these operatives to U.S. national security, and how they represent American bravery and pride. 

However, like most military dramas, The Brave offers a fictionalized, watered-down reenactment of what it's like to conduct covert operations abroad. It also uses stereotypes about the military and people from the Middle East in order to do so. Nonetheless, the stories are well told, and the cast, which is both diverse and well-rounded, makes them feel more believable. If you like this kind of thing, you'll probably find it very entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about military operations in the Middle East. Why is the United States fighting in countries like Syria? Do you think secret missions like the one featured on this show really happen there? 

  • Military dramas like The Brave often feature military operatives and the people they are fighting against in stereotypical ways to show who's "good" and who's "bad." Why? Is there any truth to these representations? 

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