A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Overarching themes about importance of good overcoming evil, plus integrity, persevering, doing the right thing.
Positive Role Models
Characters are flawed, but generally in relatable ways. They possess the expected traits -- confidence, bravery, heroism -- when in costume, but also display morally strong characteristics in "real life" when interacting with family and friends. Racially diverse cast, including Black and Asian American characters.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent action/combat scenes with physical fights, shooting, stabbing, and explosions; little blood/gore. Implied execution-style killing. Many minions/villains are killed, sometimes quite casually. A character is punched while he's tied up. Another character is kicked out of a flying airplane.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple flirts a bit on a first date.
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Language includes "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which includes everything from films and toys to comic books and video games available for purchase.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters consume beer and play a drinking game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is an action series very much in the vein of the Marvel superhero movies. It has plenty of explosive, special effects-fueled battles/stunts/combat scenes in which characters engage in brutal physical fights. They also use a variety of weapons, from guns and knives to missiles and blunt objects, but there's no graphic imagery or gore and little blood. Language is infrequent but does include "s--t," "bulls--t," "ass," and "hell." Characters drink several bottles of beer in a bar and play a drinking game. Potentially sensitive topics include the death of family members, grieving, and the effects of PTSD. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan star.
Is It Any Good?
If Marvel's WandaVision was like a fancy, gourmet meal containing some ingredients you couldn't quite pronounce, then The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is akin to a heaping pile of comfort food just begging to satisfy your cravings. This is immediately apparent in the Disney+ superhero series' action scenes: extended, seat-of-the-pants sequences packed with enough polished production values to rival any that have splashed across the big screen. But it's not just the flashy special effects and thrilling battles that have made the jump from the movies to Sam Wilson's and Bucky Barnes' episodic adventure. Everything about the show, including -- most critically -- its heart and humor, will feel comfortably familiar to anyone who's laughed, cried, or cheered during a Marvel film.
Despite sticking to the franchise's reliable formula, though, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier never feels like a tired retread. While it contains the key elements we've come to expect from the property, its episodic nature allows it to dig deeper, significantly expanding on characters that were previously overshadowed by the core team of crime fighters. In fact, some of the series' best moments come not when the characters are battling supervillains, but when they're helping out a family member or friend, or even facing their own inner turmoil. If the show stumbles at all, it's in its inaccessibility to newcomers. While faithful followers will eat up every Easter egg, nod, and callout to what's come before, more casual viewers might find themselves a little lost. That's a small gripe, however, in an otherwise stellar outing that serves as the perfect, palate-cleansing counter to WandaVision's weird, wonderful ride.
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