A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's overarching themes are humanistic ones; characters are drawn together to protect one another.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are complicated, pursuing "the end justifies the means" paths.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent, bloody violence. Characters are killed on-screen, being shot or thrown into a car's dashboard. Brutal fights with intense "punching" sounds on the show's audio track. A young child is shown having sustained terrible injuries with her parents crying over her body. A man's eyes turn demonically black and then red. Biblical imagery may make the violence and dread scarier for some viewers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting, kissing. A father alludes to an affair he's had with his son's wife and that it's unknown whether she's carrying the baby of her husband or father-in-law. A woman makes a joke about the size of a man's genitals.
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Mild cursing: "You're one hell of an agent." Homophobic language: "Admit you're gay!"
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Products & Purchases
Real celebs are mentioned: "This is like opening for the [Rolling] Stones."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drunk driving; characters drink beer and wine on-screen. Teens at a raucous high school party casually drink liquor and beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Messengers is a drama about a set of strangers who suddenly realize they have a part to play in a coming apocalypse. Said apocalypse is the biblical Rapture, and plot points revolve around spiritual concepts that include the battle between good and evil, angels, terrifying supernatural events, and the like. This aspect of the show may make it more disturbing to some viewers. There's some pretty graphic violence: point-blank shootings, vicious fistfights with the sound of meaty punches on the soundtrack, and flowing blood. A child is grievously injured in a car accident; we see her gory head wound and mother crying over her in a hospital bed. References to domestic violence. Characters drink beer and wine on-screen; teens at a party drink liquor and beer from bottles. Flirting, kissing; a woman has an affair with her father-in-law and isn't sure who's the father of her baby.
Is It Any Good?
Anyone who's read the biblical passages pertaining to the Christian Rapture (or, even more indelibly, sat quaking in a church pew as a minister thundered the story to a congregation) knows it's a terrifying tale, whether one believes it's actually going to happen or not. War, famine, pestilence, death riding in on a pale horse, devils, angels, lakes of fire: This is some scary stuff, and so The Messengers might be particularly terrifying to young children who are being raised in the Christian religion (which could be a good opportunity for a family discussion of beliefs).
That said, apocalypse tales litter the cinematic and television landscape, each attempting to creep out today's living humans by envisioning a possible demise. Does this particular scenario succeed? Largely, it does. Giving the leads of the show special powers -- an event most definitely not spelled out in biblical passages -- lends the proceedings a pleasant superhero-y feel, and the show's creators have a knack for compelling imagery: a signal traveling from an electrical cord right on out into space, knocking out a satellite; a deployed air bag with splashes of blood on it. Fans of apocalypse tales will want to watch on.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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