A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This is a soapy crime drama intended to entertain.
Positive Role Models
Cassie is a mess. Sure, partying is fun, but running from a murder, lying about knowing the victim, and drinking herself into a stupor doesn't set her up for success.
Violence & Scariness
A murder is central to this series -- not only do viewers see Alex's extremely dead and bloody body on the bed, we see his slashed throat up close many times and we see him talking (while "dead") in Cassie's mind. In flashbacks, we see that Cassie hunted deer in her teens, and we occasionally see a dead deer's body and eye in closeup.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
We're aware that sex is happening (in a plane restroom, in a posh hotel room) but we don't see significant nudity. The first five minutes of the show signal that Cassie has a very active, casual sex life with men around the world.
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Expect variations on "f--k," "s--t," and other strong language.
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Products & Purchases
Cassie is a flght attendant for a commercial airline.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cassie is an alcoholic. She's shown drinking excessively to enjoy herself, to numb herself, and to block out disturbing memories and thoughts. We see her father give her a beer when she's a young teen, presumably as congratulations for shooting a deer. Many other adult characters are shown drinking as well.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Flight Attendant stars Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory, though this role is world's away from her star-making turn on the CBS superhit. In The Flight Attendant Cuoco plays Cassie, who makes flying around the world look like a nonstop glamorous party. She drinks a lot, guzzling any alcohol she can find, sometimes until she blacks out. Characters swear (expect "f--k," "s--t," and the like). In her jet-setting around the world, she has sex with random men at every port. At the beginning of the series, she wakes up next to her latest one-nighter, now a very bloody dead man -- we see his slashed throat up close many times, as well as his bloodied torso and blood-soaked sheets. Cassie has no memory of what might have happened, and the story unfolds in part through rapid-cut flashbacks, hallucinations, and other (seeming) tricks of the mind that could be jarring and confusing to tweens.
Is It Any Good?
Kaley Cuoco's ascent into a meatier role after The Big Bang Theory landed on Thanksgiving 2020, when a series about pre-COVID-19 travel feels like a most welcome dream. Though The Flight Attendant's fast-paced story of murder, alcoholism, and sheer panic is nightmarish, the eight-episode series feels soaring and sparkly and fun when you're watching solo in sweatpants. The writing moves at a breakneck pace; in the first 45 minutes we're introduced to Cassie, her partying lifestyle, her cohort of flight attendants, her brother and his family, her drinking problem, traumatic childhood memories, and, of course, that dead body. As both star and executive producer of The Flight Attendant, Cuoco is clearly signaling that she's moving beyond "Bazinga," and HBO has become a favorite network for stars looking to push beyond a PG audience (Euphoria, anyone?). Older teens and adults should strap in, hang on, and brace for whiplash.
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