A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The idea of working toward something larger than oneself is one thread, though lying, spying, and seducing folks are all part of the method.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are supposedly the "good guys," but it's hard to tell the difference in the methods used by the good guys (Brits) and the bad guys (the Soviet Union and other communist states).
Violence & Scariness
Characters are shot or stabbed offscreen; deaths also occur offscreen but are discussed; there are blood and non-gory injuries; and the threat of nuclear war drives the series' plot. Characters are frequently in mortal danger.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A government agent has sex with women to find out secrets. Couples are shown in bed with private parts covered by sheets; kissing, flirting, and references to sex including one character asking another if he was supposed to "screw" her.
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Cursing is mostly of the "bloody" and "blasted" variety; a female character is called a "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol; no one acts drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that twisty, smart espionage drama The Game is too confusing and menacing for kids, though serious older teens might be interested. Most characters have murky motives and secrets. There is some on-screen kissing and flirting with references to sex, particularly from one character who uses his sexuality to pry loose state secrets. Couples are shown naked in bed with private parts covered by sheets. A female character is called a "bitch," but most cursing is of the British "blasted" and "bloody" variety. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink on-screen, in keeping with the era. Violence occurs mostly offscreen, but viewers will see some blood and hear references to deaths. Most characters are in physical danger, perhaps even mortal danger; there are many tense scenes in which characters may be caught in acts of espionage.
Is It Any Good?
The deeply creepy idea of shadowy terrorists seeking to sneak warheads onto enemy soil resonates with American viewers, which lends menace to this already heart-stoppingly thrilling show, easily the equal of the early seasons of Homeland or cable drama The Americans. The pacing is quick, the motives murky, the characterizations deft. We know everything we need to know about one agent when she sizes up an undercover colleague as a spy because he hadn't thought to crack the spine of the novel he was pretending to read.
Knowing the history of how the Cold War developed and turned out is useful -- things move pretty fast on-screen -- but it doesn't spoil the action, as this is a small offshoot of a greater conflict examined under a microscope. The proceedings do require that viewers pay attention, as many characters are thrown at you all at once, and things are not neatly summed up by clunky bits of exposition. Many of the most important lines are thrown off or mumbled; much action takes places offscreen. However, that only serves to make what's on-screen more emotionally juicy and resonant. The Game is brilliant drama.
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