Parents' Guide to

Walker, Texas Ranger

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Tweens will groan over hokey Western cop drama.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (10):

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.

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