Parents' Guide to

The Philanthropist

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Action-tinged drama is flawed but has substance.

TV NBC Drama 2009
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The series, which is based on the real-life international philanthropy of Bobby Sager, combines drama and adventure while highlighting very real and dangerous challenges -- like dealing with corrupt governments and trying to navigate war-torn countries to get to those in need. But while the show has substance, it goes a little bit too far in making Rist seem like a dashing, Indiana Jones-style adventurer. And exploiting some of Rist’s own vices -- like drinking and womanizing -- sometimes overshadows the show's positive themes.

Despite these flaws, the series does have a sense of authenticity thanks to the producers' efforts to film it in a variety of international locations. It's also well written and well acted. It’s not intended for younger viewers thanks to its violence, drinking, and sexual innuendo, but it's a great choice for older viewers looking for good stories that have more heft than the average action tale.

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