Walker

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Western cop reboot hypes Texas Ranger family drama.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Importance of family, being a good parent, catching criminals, and striving to be a law enforcement officer with integrity are all themes. Death and grieving is also discussed in various ways. 

Positive Role Models

Walker is a good, compassionate man who is committed to his family, and to being a Texas Ranger, but he makes mistakes in both roles. Mickie Ramirez and many secondary characters are Latinx, and her boyfriend is Black. Stella Walker is rebellious and gets into trouble. Some people accused of committing crimes are Latinx. 

Violence

Lots of yelling and chases, occasional struggles between law enforcement and alleged criminals that lead to punches, spitting, kicking, injuries. Guns are frequently visible but not used very often. Cuts and bullet wounds are briefly shown, minimal blood. The death of a wife and mother is a significant theme.  

Sex

Some innuendo, including flirting, kissing, references to getting undressed.  

Language

Words like "dang" and "hell" are audible. 

Consumerism

Local Austin, Texas, haunts are visible. A logo for a Toyota SUV is partially shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer and hard liquor are consumed, and some characters get drunk. Teen pot smoking is discussed, and illegal drug smugglers are often the targets of investigations. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Walker, a reboot of the popular Walker, Texas Ranger series, features some law enforcement-themed violence, ranging from chases and physical assaults to bloody wounds. The death of a wife and parent is also central to the series. There's some flirty innuendo, and lots of beer and hard liquor drinking too. All this being said, family, friendship, and the importance of being a good parent are major themes. Local Austin, Texas, haunts are visible. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byburrito211 February 15, 2021

Poor acting and storyline

The roles are boring there’s no character development the acting is below par and the script is below any real standard I know of. The main character was good i... Continue reading
Parent of a 16-year-old Written bySailormother February 13, 2021

Best show in a long time

Walker is a great show with great actors. It has exciting story lines, and drama. The main family is supportive of each other, and there are many good life less... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byDogcat January 14, 2022

What's the story?

WALKER, a reboot of the classic series Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001), is a dramatic series about a Texas Ranger who lives and works by his own moral code. Cordell Walker (Jared Padalecki) is a recent widower and father who has returned to Austin, Texas, after working undercover for nearly two years. But the committed family man must find a way to reconnect with his teenage children (played by Violet Brandon and Kale Culley), who have been living with his mom, Abeline (Molly Hagan), and father (Mitch Pileggi). They've also forged a special bond with their uncle, Assistant District Attorney Liam Walker (Keegan Allen), who stepped in to help. Meanwhile, Walker's former partner, Larry James (Coby Bell), has been promoted, and he now has to work with new Texas Ranger Mickie Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan). There's a lot to adjust to, but Walker is committed to his job, and to making sure that he's the father his children need him to be. 

Is it any good?

This contemporary reboot takes a different approach from the classic Texas-themed crime fighting show by making it more of a family drama than an action series. This version of the maverick Ranger is less edgy, thanks to the lack of martial arts-fighting tactics that Chuck Norris brought to the original role decades ago, and which would be characterized as police brutality today. Cordell Walker is also a more vulnerable figure, who is struggling to be a better parent and a better law enforcement officer after suffering extreme loss. 

Fans of the original series may not appreciate this somewhat gentler story, which lacks the fast-action momentum and climactic moments to keep it consistently interesting. But those new to the franchise will find that Walker is driven by some dramatic but largely unoriginal storylines, like grieving the loss of a beloved wife, dealing with a troubled teen, and struggling to bond with one's more traditional father. It's not the worst of crime fighting shows, and it does have some positive themes. But for many, the series will fall flat. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Walker different from Walker, Texas Ranger. Why doesn't this version of Texas Ranger Walker perform martial arts? Does this change the overall nature of the show, or just the character?

  • Does an action series need to be violent to be entertaining? Or do violent behavior and activities have to part of the narrative for it to work?

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