A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friends and family members turn out to be enemies. The main characters don't know who to trust.
Violence & Scariness
Tons of chase scenes. FBI agents and others carry big guns. Explosion destroys art museum. Glimpse of charred dead body. FBI agent gets shot and killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some romantic kissing, flirting. Friends encourage another friend to cheat on his girlfriend and be promiscious.
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Mild expletives like "screw," "suck," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Penguin Classics, ABC news, MetLife, Washington Mutual, Yale, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several scenes involve alcohol/bars, though they're not a focus of the show.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fast-paced thriller has lots of tension and (mostly bloodless) violence. Expect lots of chase scenes, crashes, and FBI agents and others wielding semi-automatic weapons. Friends and family members turn out to be enemies, and even the FBI isn't to be trusted -- which could be an unsettling notion for some younger viewers. Scenes in bars involve drinking and flirting, and there's some kissing and gratuitous shots of shirtless men.
Is It Any Good?
Not surprisingly for a series with this kind of premise, a feeling of urgency and fear permeates the show, along with the sense that friends could be enemies -- and vice versa. There's also plenty of tension and a fair number of (mostly bloodless) violent exchanges. For example, in one episode, the two fugitives are nabbed by the FBI and thrown in the back of a van, which is then hit by another vehicle. As one agent attempts to secure the prisoners, he shoots at Tyler (narrowly missing his head) and is then shot and killed by someone off screen.
With its talented cast and high production values, Traveler is easy to watch, especially for fans of tense dramas like 24. Unfortunately, the situations the guys find themselves in often seem improbable, making it difficult to suspend your disbelief and really get into the action. In one scene, for example, when the two elitely educated, Caucasian American men are trying to decide whether to go to the police with information or go on the lam, one convinces the other that if they're caught they'll be accused of terrorism, saying, "They'll ship us right to Guantanamo Bay!" Probably not.
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