A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Strong focus on family bonds, particularly between a father and daughter.
Positive Role Models
Protagonist is flawed, but puts family and their safety above all else.
Small cast is primarily White, with some other ethnicities represented in secondary roles.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns and knives are used to threaten, hurt, and kill, and blood is shown, but gore is minimal. Brutal, up-close, lengthy physical fights leave little to the imagination. A man is intentionally hit and killed by a vehicle, a car crashes and tips over, and dogs attack and kill a man offscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man repeatedly gets up at night to urinate. He can be heard and seen from behind in bathroom.
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"F--k," and "s--t" are used infrequently.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Old Man is a mature action-thriller series that has lots of violence. Guns and knives are used, and brutal, extended physical fights -- often leading to character deaths -- are shown in graphic detail. Blood is present, but gore is minimal. A vehicle intentionally hits and kills a man, and another vehicle crashes and is overturned with passengers inside. Dogs are used to attack and kill characters, but the latter happens off-screen. Language includes infrequent use of "f--k" and "s--t." A man is shown urinating from behind. The main protagonist is a flawed character, but a loyal family man who will do anything to ensure the safety of his daughter.
Is It Any Good?
Packed with spy-versus-spy thrills, bone-crushing action, and deliberate, but heart-pounding pacing, the series weaves a tight, compelling tale that'll continuously nudge you to the edge of your seat. Thanks to popular film franchises, like Taken and John Wick, the concept of older, outnumbered action heroes doling out vigilante justice has become an enormously popular sub-genre. The Old Man smartly builds on this reliable template, but also trades the more straightforward revenge tale formula for a more cerebral story of cat-and-mouse.
The solid storytelling is also significantly elevated by Bridges, whose nuanced performance makes you feel every single one of his 70-plus years with each facial grimace, emotional dialog delivery, and labored step he takes. Witnessing the actor's past-his-prime ex-CIA operative hold his own in incredibly raw, visceral physical altercations with adversaries half his age is worth the price of admission alone. Toss in stellar performances across the board -- not to mention a pair of loyal, butt-kicking canines -- and The Old Man easily delivers one of the summer's best reasons to stay in and stream.
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