Parents' Guide to

The Unit

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Weak military action-drama best for teens and up.

TV CBS Drama 2006
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Entertaining but not factual...

It's an entertaining show.. actors do a fine job, but it's not at all close to real life. The writers should have hired a few experts.
age 15+


this show simply rocks =P

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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The show's male-female dichotomy, while potentially realistic in some military homes, isn't portrayed with any critical distance. The idea that the woman's role is to care for the home and family while providing an emotional safe haven for her stoic, hard-working husband is only reinforced by the dialogue ("If he's anything like mine, he's gonna need a little space.") and the action (when the new guy looks at photos of his wife and daughter before beginning a dangerous mission, Blane tells him the best way to get home to them is to put the photos away and concentrate on the mission).

Violence plays a big part in the show, though it doesn't reach the graphic heights of 24. Guns are big and plentiful, and in the first episode, Brown slits a terrorist's throat rather gruesomely and Blane shoots a mule point-blank as a distraction device. The violence doesn't end back at home, either, with hints of domestic violence complicated by adultery. Despite the mostly strong actors and the talent behind the camera, The Unit rehashes familiar territory, adding only the female aspect to the mix, and doing it without panache.

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