Walker, Texas Ranger



Tweens will groan over hokey Western cop drama.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show is heavy on well-intentioned (if clichéd) values: not judging a book by its cover, listening to your heart to do the right thing, always giving your all to every endeavor, etc. Though the series can be pretty violent, the rangers always use their skills to subdue (rather than harm) their enemies, and they exhibit self-control, never allowing their emotions to push things too far. The multicultural cast includes a strong female and an African-American character.


Lots of fistfights, knives, explosions, and shoot 'em ups (it is a law enforcement show, after all), but the rangers mostly rely on their martial arts skills to subdue the criminals. Tame compared to current procedural crime dramas.


Some mild flirting between two main characters (which in later seasons develops into a relationship). Content sometimes touches on issues like teen pregnancy.


"Damn" and "hell" are used sparingly.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Supporting characters occasionally smoke or drink. Some storylines touch on drug use, but it's alluded to rather than shown, and the drugs are usually some kind of generic, powdery white substance in clear plastic bags.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this '90s drama-action series features a fair amount of violence, including explosions, shootings, fistfights, and knife wounds. But it's all pretty tame by current primetime standards and blood is kept to a minimum (a trickle from a split lip, for example). What's more, the central law enforcement officials rarely use their weapons, instead relying on their martial arts expertise to disarm and subdue bad guys. Strong moral messages are woven throughout each episode, and the main characters spend much of their free time mentoring troubled youths. That said, it's likely that today's tweens will be turned off by the series' clichés and redundant predictability.

What's the story?

Wild West-style police drama WALKER, TEXAS RANGER centers on Cordell Walker (Chuck Norris), an officer in the Lone Star state's investigation bureau whose straight-shooting adherence to the law makes him a relentless force against criminals. The martial arts expert/Vietnam War veteran doesn't waste any time impressing on those he encounters that his crusade for justice and civility isn't to be taken lightly. But Walker's cool-headed, commanding presence hides a lighter side, which he willingly shares with his friends -- fellow Ranger/former Dallas Cowboy James Trivette (Clarence Gilyard); retired Ranger C.D. Parker (Noble Willingham), who offers counsel to Walker when it's needed; and lovely Assistant District Attorney Alex Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson), whose mutual attraction with Walker in later seasons blooms into a bona fide relationship. When they're not hunting down bad guys, Walker and his cohorts devote time to mentoring troubled youths in the Dallas area. Through martial arts and extension camps, they connect with troubled kids and help them beat the odds and turn around misdirected lives.

Is it any good?


Since it's a law-enforcement drama, Walker, Texas Ranger is pretty violent -- every episode features shootouts, knifings, fistfights, or explosions. But a notable difference between Walker and police dramas like NYPD Blue is that while the bad guys use weapons, the Rangers rely mostly on their martial arts skills to disarm and subdue criminals. For them, the goal is always to diffuse volatile situations with the least amount of effort and harm.

The series pushes some blatantly obvious life lessons about strong character, honesty, and self-respect. (In one scene, for example, Trivette tells a teen, "You gave it your all ... that's the mark of a winner.") But heavy-handed or no, tweens aren't likely to stick around long enough to absorb these positive messages, since a hefty dose of cheesiness accompanies the characters' strengths and uncanny knack for exploiting criminals' routine incompetence.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about law enforcement. Are the characters believable as real-life police officers and lawyers? If not, what seems unrealistic? Do other police dramas offer more accurate portraits cops' lives? How have cop shows changed since this show originally aired? How do you think it would be different if new episodes were on now? Families can also discuss helping others. How do the characters use their standing in their community to positively impact people's lives? Tweens: How can you lend a hand in your community to help others?

TV details

Cast:Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard, Sheree J. Wilson
Networks:Hallmark Channel, Syndicated
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 11 years old June 24, 2014

Chuck Norris is in it...I think you should watch it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byLordoftheRings1997 August 10, 2013

Some Concerns about Violence and Sex, but Otherwise Two Thumbs Up!

This show is AMAZING!!!! I wasn't too sure about it when my mom suggested I watch it, but after the first episode, I couldn't stop watching! There are a lot of positive messages about honor, justice, and loyalty. And the characters prove to be excellent role models. The violence can get a bit much, but it's not the fist fights, it is the other instances of violence, such as shootings, knifing, and even an almost hanging or two. There is some sexual content, and I was surprised that Common Sense didn't realize. In many episodes, the rangers enter nightclubs with scantily clad women dancing VERY provocatively. There is some language, but it is much heavier in the earlier seasons than it is in the last few. You will hear the "B" words sometimes in early seasons, and the "D" and "H" words often all throughout. There is some drinking, but not much. Overall, this is a great show, especially compared to what you see today!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bygeezaboo24 September 10, 2013

This is a show stuffed with action, martial arts, true friendly relationship, honesty and also the fight for justice.

This is a show stuffed with action, martial arts, true friendly relationship, honesty and also the fight for justice. If you’re yearning for one thing to look at wherever there's ne'er a uninteresting moment, then you have got actually found it in Walker, peace officer. Throughout the show’s eight seasons, you ne'er stop wanting them to “get the dangerous guys!” and are available out on prime.In fact,In 2010, Chuck Norris and his brother, Aaron, were given the honorary title of “Texas Ranger”, by Texas Governor, Rick Perry. more @ endedtvseries dot com
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