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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Mentions some real people and events from history, like the battle of Alamo, Alan Pinkerton, and the role of Chinese immigrants in building the American railroad system.
Typical Western revolving around violence, vengeance, and justice.
Positive Role Models
Abigail Walker stands out for being a tough and brave woman who does things according to her own rules in the Wild West.
Intentionally tells the stories of people of color and Indigenous people. Regularly featured characters are Black, Asian, Mexican, and Native American. Some are land owners or hold positions of power such as sheriff's deputy. Lead character is a tough and determined woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Series opens with a woman's husband being shot dead in front of her. She's also shot, and their wagon burns down, leaving her stranded. Women slap men when they're upset. People try to kill those they think have wronged them. Guns are almost always present, as is the threat of a gunfight breaking out. Bandits rob both people and banks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Men and women are regularly shown kissing and beginning to take off their clothes -- leading to sex off-screen. One character is known for regularly sleeping with married women. There's a house of prostitution; one of the sex workers is a main character.
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Regular use of "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One of the main characters is often shown drinking or drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Walker: Independence is a typical Western featuring gunfights, bandits, and sex work, but it also tells the stories of people of color and Indigenous people. There are regularly featured characters who are Black, Asian, Mexican, and Native American; some are land owners or hold respected positions of power. The lead character is a tough and determined woman. The series opens with her husband being shot dead in front of her; she's also shot, and their wagon burns down, leaving her stranded. Women slap men when they're upset, and people try to kill those they think have wronged them. Guns are almost always present, and bandits rob both people and banks.
Is It Any Good?
Those who don't expect much from a CW series will be pleasantly surprised with the channel's spin-off Western. Walker: Independence is technically a prequel, but viewers will find very few similarities with the campy Chuck Norris vehicle Walker, Texas Ranger. That's because Walker: Independence is actually a prequel to the CW's reboot of that original, called Walker and starring Jared Padalecki. Still with me? All you really need to know is that instead of comical martial arts battles and paper-thin plots, the series focuses on good ol'-fashioned gun-slinging and the harsh realities of settling out West.
There's also an impressively diverse cast with a woman at the helm this time around. Some of the characters of color are notably less robust at the series' beginning, but there's a lot of potential for their storylines to grow. The music is fun, the costumes and sets are impressive, and the writing is better than in most CW shows. Even more notably: So is the acting. Big kudos to the casting director who did an excellent job finding performers able to toe the line of believability in a show that is arguably meant for teen and young adult audiences. Many will call this 1883 for teens, but both older kids and adults will find themselves getting sucked into the drama.
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