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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters do some good and help others in need, but often by way of selfishness or violence.
Positive Role Models
The protagonist consistently tries to do the right thing, but his path to that end is often morally muddled.
A number of ethnicities and genders, including Black and Indian characters, are represented in supporting roles, including some in leadership positions.
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Violence & Scariness
Plenty of gun violence and physical violence, including torture, as well as blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mature references to sex and roleplaying. A male character is shown urinating outside.
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Frequent use of "f--k" and variations of it. Other, occasional foul language includes "s--t," "ball sack," "ass," "hell," and "pissed."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially and play drinking games. Multiple references to prescription and illegal drugs, including meth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Recruit is a spy series that mixes violent action and humor. It includes plenty of gun and physical violence -- including torture -- as well as blood and explosions. Language includes frequent use of "f--k" and variations of it, as well as occasional use of "s--t," "ass," "hell," "pissed," and "ball sack." Sex and sexual roleplay is referenced, and a man is shown urinating outside. Prescription drugs and illegal substances, including meth, are referenced, and characters drink socially and play drinking games. A number of genders and ethnicities are represented in supporting roles, including some in leadership positions.
Is It Any Good?
Taking a cue from Slow Horses, Killing Eve, and other spy-thrillers that blend a bit of comedy into their cloak-and-dagger intrigue, this espionage romp ratchets the tension and tickles the ribs in equal measure. Unlike those smarter, more nuanced takes, however, The Recruit -- while slotting comfortably into the same sub genre -- feels a bit more familiar and formulaic.
Thankfully, its charming protagonist and strong cast of colorful supporting characters keep it engaging throughout. Coming off a string of popular teen Netflix romcoms, Noah Centineo -- as the in-over-his-head hero -- is especially appealing, while a quirky assortment of friends, foes, and co-workers nicely complement his starring turn. If you're craving some globetrotting action with a side of laughs, and a plot that won't strain your brain, The Recruit offers a hearty helping of TV comfort food.
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