A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo, including flirting, kissing, references to getting undressed.
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Words like "dang" and "hell" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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