The Fall Guy

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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'80s bounty hunter catches crooks with minor action.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There's not a lot of food for thought here; good guys chase bad guys, and usually the bad guys lose.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Colt Seavers is sometimes sneaky in his approach to finding people, but he ultimately has integrity. Women are sometimes relegated to eye candy.

Violence

The focus is on catching criminals, and people are shown getting pushed and punched in the process, with occasional gun use. Lots of dangerous stunts, including crashes, explosions, and leaps from cliffs and windows.

Sex

Seavers sometimes flirts to get his way, but there's nothing very sexual in the show. Women sometimes wear bikinis or nightgowns. Occasionally Seavers' denim-clad backside is highlighted in fictitious advertisements.

Language

The words "damn" and "hell" are occasionally audible.

Consumerism

Cole Seavers drives a GMC pickup truck. High-end cars like Mercedes-Benz and Rolls-Royce are prominently shown or discussed. Random logos for items like Nikon are sometimes visible, too.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasionally wine, beer, and hard alcohol is visible at clubs or at social events.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the 1980's action classic The Fall Guy is mild by today's standards, but contains enough gunfire, physical fighting, and dangerous stunts to make it an iffy choice for younger tweens. Women are sometimes shown in skimpy attire, and there's some drinking. Viewers of all ages should be reminded that no matter how funny or easy the stunts seem, they should never try them at home.

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What's the story?

THE FALL GUY (1981-1986) stars Lee Majors as Cole Seavers, a rugged Hollywood stunt man who spends his hours off the set moonlighting as a bounty hunter to make extra cash. Offering him assignments is bondswoman Samantha "Big Jack" (played by Jo Ann Pflug). With the help of his cousin and up-and-coming stuntman Howie Munson (Douglass Barr), and fellow stuntwoman Jody Banks (Heather Thomas), the three manage to bring bail jumpers and criminals to justice.

Is it any good?

The Fall Guy offers some entertaining moments as Seavers' stunts go slightly haywire or when the police don't agree with his way of conducting his chases. Frequent camera appearances by then-popular celebs like Farrah Fawcett, Milton Berle, and Richard Burton are fun for those old enough to remember them.

It's not the most sophisticated of shows, and at times it feels pretty dated. But it does offer some lighthearted and entertaining stories. No doubt that 1980's TV fans will definitely find it appealing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how movies and TV shows from a specific era or decade can be popular among different generations of viewers. What kinds of things does a show need to make it relevant for viewers over the years? 

  • Are there movies or shows you watch today that you think will appeal to generations to come?

TV details

For kids who love classics

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