A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Watch follows a ragtag magical police force as they attempt to solve crimes in a mostly lawless society. They work to balance their personal needs while serving the public.
Positive Role Models
Characters on The Watch display fortitude, resilience, and resourcefulness in their quests for justice and redemption.
Violence & Scariness
Comic book-style violence is seen throughout The Watch, including fistfights, knifeplay, crossbow shoot-outs, firefights, and a man thrown off a building.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Features very little sexual content, and is mostly limited to body parts and bathroom humor.
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Moderate profanity is used throughout and includes "ass," "piss," "bitch," "s--t," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Show is based on Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of fantasy novels.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character is an alcoholic, who is often seen drinking or inebriated to the point of dysfunction. Fictional drugs are seen and discussed throughout the series, but drug usage and its effects are not shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Watch is a science fiction/fantasy show about a police force made up of misfits and magical creatures. The show uses elements of dark comedy, crime, and mystery to tell the story of Captain Vimes, a former gang member who became a police captain. It is based on characters from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels, and features witches, wizards, werewolves, and dragons, among other mythical creatures. Comic book-style violence is featured throughout the series, including fistfights, knifeplay, crossbow shoot-outs, firefights, and a man is thrown off a building. Vimes is an alcoholic, often seen drinking or inebriated to the point of dysfunction. Fictional drugs are seen and discussed throughout the series, though drug usage and its effects are not shown. The Watch features some potentially complex ideas, such as police corruption and the morality of crime, but it approaches them on a mostly surface level.
Is It Any Good?
It can be challenging for shows to be completely original while still giving an audience what they want. The Watch tries to solve this problem by pulling together ideas from across the science fiction and fantasy landscape. There are wizards, werewolves, and even a Groot-Chewbacca-type combo character as members of the squad. People love dragons, so there's got to be a dragon. That's before considering the genre-hopping the show does between dark comedy, crime procedural, and adventure sequences. As a result, the series is a bit of a mess. The main story never comes together, and there's no strong character to root for. In many ways, The Watch could be anything at any time. The series tries to do so many different things at once that it never manages to do any one thing very well.
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