A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Fighting for the greater good and saving humanity is a theme, but it's muddied by violence.
Positive Role Models
Some characters fight for the greater good, but their methods are not usually moral.
Most characters are White, some characters are Black, and one is Asian. A character with Down Syndrome is shown, and actor RJ Mitte, who plays one of the Guardians, has cerebral palsy. Some age diversity with a handful of heroes and villains over 60. No one is given much depth.
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Violence & Scariness
Combat, fist fighting, guns, bombs, explosions. Marvelous Man shoots himself in the hand but remains unhurt. A main character appears to die by suicide during a televised broadcast. Dead, rotting bodies are shown, including one where the spine is visible and maggots are eating the flesh.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of sex, references to body parts as "tig old bitties."
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"F--k," "f--king," "s--t. " Crude language like "whore" "titties," and "tig old bitties."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A fictional street drug is discussed. A character smokes a cigar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Guardians of Justice is a hybrid live-action/animated series about a group of superheroes led by Knight Hawk (Diamond Dallas Page). Violence is an issue in both formats and is as brutal in the live-action segments as in the animated ones, with combat, guns, bombs, explosions, and dead, rotting bodies. A main character appears to die by suicide during a televised broadcast. Language is mature, too, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "t-tties," and more; characters also discuss sex and make crude references. A fictional street drug is discussed, and a character smokes a cigar.
Is It Any Good?
This ambitious but generally unpleasant hybrid show feels simultaneously like a Watchmen rip-off, a bad Ralph Bakshi animation, and a series of skippable video game cutscenes. The frequent jumps between genres and visual styles that appear to be this show's signature are simply unwarranted and end up adding much less than creator Shankar thinks. In a media landscape already packed with superheroes, antiheroes, and beyond, this show asks a lot in its rapid-fire introductions of many new characters. The lazy comedy relies on "soo random" events and situations (cyborg T-rexes loose in Syria! Awsome Man is eating a taco during a meeting! His name is Awsome Man! Andy Milonakis is there!) With more care, creativity, and camp, and a little less chaos this series could rise to become an interesting entry into the scuzzy superhero genre. And even more unfortunately for Guardians, there's a competing series that does all this and more: it's called Peacemaker.
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