Parents' Guide to

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Fan-pleasing superhero series has violence, some language.

TV Disney+ Action 2021
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 15+

Ton's of Potential: But dissapointing

Content: Sexual Content: None. A few inappropriate comments in each episode. Language (every episode): 6 vain references of deity: "G*d", a few uses of "Sh*t", "A**", and occasional uses of "D*mn" and "H*ll". Violence: Extreme. More than the movies. Punches, explosions, individuals shot in the head... all pointless. Harsh. Substance Abuse (mild): Few drinks throughout. Story: - The overall story followed Sam Wilson & Bucky Barnes through their individual lives and it's interconnecting with their own hero character. It honestly was a cool experience seeing Bucky go through his PTSD and Sam's financial problems. It was an interesting take but nothing that I expected. The ending is a cliché, the characters don't really grow, and the whole show is about Sam being black. I don't care about race, we're all equal. We don't need 30 shows about the same subject.
age 11+

Interesting Show, but not Marvel's best.

Pretty good show but Wandavision and Loki were more consistently creative. There is intense violence but the show is not overall that violent. One instance of blood goes by very quickly and is hardly noticeable. Julia-Louise Dreyfuss as Madame Hydra was an interesting addition, I hope she's used for something substantial. Also nice of them to remember and wrap-up Zemo and Sharon Carter's stories, and they very respectfully handled the death of Chadwick Boseman.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (113 ):

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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