A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series paints the world as a dangerous place with bad guys around every corner, but the good guys generally triumph thanks to teamwork and intelligence. The overall tone is breezy rather than brooding.
Positive Role Models
Steven and Samantha are evenly matched in terms of physical and mental prowess, and they work exceptionally well as a team. They seem to be motivated by a sense of duty, rather than money.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent fast-paced action violence, including gun battles, knife fights, explosions, and hand-to-hand combat.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual innuendo, kissing, and flashes of characters in lingerie. Flirty words like "sexpionage."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Relatively infrequent use of words like "damn" and "crap."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Infrequent social drinking.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult-oriented series about married CIA agents gets most of its punch from fast-paced violence, including gun battles, knife fights, explosions, and hand-to-hand combat. Sexual content is on the tame side for prime time, although there are a few semi-steamy bedroom scenes involving lingerie, etc. Language is limited to words like "hell" or "damn," and even social drinking is kept to a minimum.
Is It Any Good?
Even though it's got the J.J. Abrams seal of approval (he created the series and directed the pilot), UNDERCOVERS doesn't run off with any prizes, particularly when it comes to writing and story. (Could it get any more ridiculous than married caterers who double as CIA agents? Well, it does when Samantha tries to settle a catering "crisis" involving dry chicken from her cell phone in a speeding car with a criminal in the backseat.) Maybe it's a case of great expectations. After all, you kind of expect that the guy behind slickly produced hits like Alias and Lost will always deliver a winner.
That's not to say that Undercovers falls short on all fronts. Along with good looks, Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw bring strong chemistry and a sense of fun to the proceedings, and Ben Schwartz ponies up with a spot-on but sparse comic turn as a fellow CIA agent with a bit of a man-crush on Kodjoe. We get the breezy nod to classic series like Hart to Hart and Scarecrow and Mrs. King -- but it would be nice to get that style with a side of substance.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.