A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's meant to be entertaining, not educational.
Themes include "civilizing" the frontier, friendship, and loyalty.
Positive Role Models
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans are positive people out to help the folks in their town.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of shootouts and fist fighting; people get shot and hurt, but there's no blood. Animals (mules, horses) are occasionally shot and killed, but most of these events aren't shown in any detail. Hostages are occasionally tied up and gagged.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasionally there are references to having "a girl" and being in love, but these moments aren't sexual.
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Words like "stupid" are occasionally audible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Roy Rogers Show is a classic Western adventure series that kids of all ages might find entertaining. But there are some intense moments, thanks to endless fistfights, shootouts (resulting in folks getting injured and animals getting killed, but no blood), and other violent moments. Outside of this, the show is fairly mild, and contains strong positive messages about friendship, loyalty, and doing the right thing.
Is It Any Good?
The classic Western series spins lots of adventurous tales, full of danger, shootouts, and fistfights. But these perilous moments are offset by Pat Brady's goofiness, often underscored by the use of his jeep, Nelleybelle, which seems to have a mind of its own. Rogers and Evans' signature "Happy Trails" send-off also adds some charm.
The show reflects the era's struggle to hold on to the traditional ways of the old West amidst on the rapid modernization of post-World War II America. In fact, Roger and Evans' seem stuck in an odd time warp, given that they're surrounded by electric conveniences, shiny Cadillacs, and the occasional mobster. But it's the cowboys' old-timer ways that always saves the day, and what makes the show fun and entertaining.
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