A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Aside from people simply being good at their jobs, the positive messages are muddled at best.
Positive Role Models
Ryan is a good analyst and smart CIA agent, and there are other similar characters, but most of the positive representations get lost in the fog of war.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme violence: relentless gunfights, bombings, terrorist attacks, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes contain nudity and simulated sex.
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Strong language is used, but not excessively: "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Jack Ryan is a character that appears in a dozen novels by Tom Clancy.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke casually, and occasionally get noticeably inebriated. A little bit of drug use, as well as some depiction of drug smuggling.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan is a political action thriller starring John Krasinski (The Office, A Quiet Place) and inspired by Tom Clancy's series of best-selling books. The show depicts the CIA's search for the leader of a terrorist sect named Suleiman, splitting its time between office work in America and missions in Europe and the Middle East. The show spends a lot of time with Suleiman, his allies, and his family, so there are depictions of terrorism from the inside and the outside. Expect some pretty extreme action violence, with at least one shoot-out in each episode, as well as military bombings and terrorist acts. Though sex doesn't feature in the main storyline, the show does have female nudity and simulated sex acts. Although the show does attempt to create sympathetic Muslim characters, they never really transcend two dimensions, and Muslims are mostly depicted as violent terrorists.
Is It Any Good?
John Krasinski is egregiously miscast as Jack Ryan, a relatively well-known character who's been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck -- actors who are believable in both the analyst and action hero sides of the character. Krasinski is, of course, best known for playing Jim Halpert on the American version of The Office, famous for mugging to the camera when his boss or co-workers say and do outlandish things. He brings an almost identical emotional palate to the character of Jack Ryan -- so much so that, after, say, wrestling an assault rifle away from a terrorist and threatening to blow him up with a grenade, it feels as if he's going to look directly out from the TV and crumple his face like a sad puppy. The show itself plays out as a relatively safe political thriller -- no jaw-dropping twists or unique insight into counterterrorism -- so without a believable and compelling hero at the center of the story, the whole thing is pretty dry. However, for fans of this genre who can deal with the weird casting, it's a tolerable entry into the Jack Ryan world.
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