The Code

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Military legal drama has violence, mature themes.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Loyalty, serving your country, and working for justice within military are major themes. All sorts of crimes are committed, many of which result in death. Friendship is also important. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Marines are male, female, and from various races and ethnic backgrounds. Women hold high-ranking positions. 


Stabbings, other violent acts are visible, but the scenes aren't very bloody. Military weapons are visible, but guns and rifles are not usually fired unless in a combat situation. 


Some innuendo. Romantic interests are suggested. References to illicit affairs, some of which are against military law. 


Words like "damn," "hell," etc. 


Dell computers visible. Occasional references to media like Tumblr and other social media. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking and drunken behavior. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Code is a legal series about Marines. Court-martials deal with violent events, including murder. Stabbings and other violent behaviors are sometimes shown, but the blood is limited. Episodes deal with murder, unethical military procedures, immigration issues, and other legal issues. There's some occasional course language, references to drinking, and sexual innuendo. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byalpha1six May 23, 2019

A disaster

The previous comment by a_col read my mind but actually 'Gomer Pyle' was a better depiction of the Marine Corps than this disaster. I served in the 6... Continue reading
Adult Written byA_COL May 13, 2019

Best Military Comedy since Gomer Pyle

The Code is the best Military comedy since Gomer Pyle but most of the humor are inside jokes so you have to be Military to get it. Each episode contains at leas... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byElizaH July 20, 2019

Best Show Ever

This is a great show and I love it show much

What's the story?

THE CODE is a dramatic military procedural that follows a group of Marines serving in the Judge Advocate General Headquarters in Quantico. Captain John "Abe" Abraham (Luke Mitchell) is a judge advocate (an active duty Marine who is eligible to serve as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, or in a combat post) who's committed to seeking military justice by court-martial. Under the leadership of Colonel Glenn Turnbull (Dana Delany)​, Abraham, who is often partnered with his superior officer and friend Major Trey Ferry (Ato Essandoh), cleverly investigates and tries cases that fall under the jurisdiction of the military court. He's also helped by Lieutenant Harper Li (Phillipa Soo) and Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi (Raffi Barsoumian), who offer assistance from the office. Meanwhile, he often finds himself on the opposite side of the courtroom from fellow judge advocate Captain Maya Dobbins (Anna Wood), who has no problem challenging him despite their friendship. They all work hard to adhere to the uniform code of military justice, but also face the pressure that comes from being first, and foremost, Marines. 

Is it any good?

This interesting but somewhat predictable series features the standard drama to be expected from a modern legal procedural. There's lots of investigation and suspicious interviews with witnesses, as well as some courtroom theatrics enhanced by Marine culture. Conversations often include explanations of military protocol, including following chains of command, specific military rules, and of course, military codes of behavior. It also addresses contemporary issues, including the ways immigration impacts those who serve, and systematic problems within the Marines and other military branches. However, the team's personal lives are a little casual and friendly, considering the universe they are operating in. Nonetheless,The Code offers some solid entertainment that legal drama fans can enjoy. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the difference between a military court and a civilian one. Are the decisions of a military court legally binding? Can judge advocates serve as legal representatives in courts outside of the military?  

  • What messages does The Code send about serving in the military? About being a Marine? Are these messages all positive? 

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