Very intense and educational, but still a great story
This show is the best! ...if the viewer is mature. They need to be able to handle topics such as rape, prostitution, assault, hostages, drugs, murder...hey, it's a show about Texas Rangers. They have to deal with this stuff. Other than that, viewers can see the Rangers upholding morals and truth in tough situations. That's where these seemingly scary plot lines teach people the 'just because your life is tough doesn't mean you can't do the right thing' type of deal.
Sex 2/5: There are many scenes where the rangers are interviewing someone in a bar and strippers (in bikini's) are parading around in the background. In one scene, a woman in a provocative dress pulls a gold chain out of her chest. The main female leads, 2nd D. A. Alex Cahill (Sheree J. Wilson) and Ranger Sydney Cooke (Nia Peeples), have tendencies to wear provocative clothing. Romantic plots are thrown into the series, although many don't last. ***Spoiler alert***: Ranger Cordell Walker (Chuck Norris) ends up marrying Alex and they have a baby named Angela. The series ends with Ranger James Trivette (Clarence Gilyard) being engaged to a guest star from a previous episode. Rangers Francis Gage (so cute!) (Judson Mills) and Sydney Cooke are never seen to start a consistent romantic relationship, although it is obvious that they like each other in that respect. Characters do have romantic moments of kissing. Thankfully, no nudity or sex is shown.
Swearing 2/5: Characters will cuss. It's not like they use it every third sentence, but let's put it at about twice an episode on average.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 2/5: Often the story-line involves drugs (white powder in a plastic bag) and a scene in a bar with alcohol is not any surprise.
Violence 4/5: Main characters do get shot, and officers and rangers will die in the line of duty. There are hold-ups. Beatings are reported and seen on camera. In one episode, a crazy fiance, suspecting his girlfriend to be wearing a wire, rips her shirt apart, although her chest is not shown on camera. This is not the first time something like this happens. Alex is kidnapped many times, in which Walker always saves her. He does have to shoot and fight many criminals.
Consumerism 1/5: I personally don't see this as a problem, but the cars are owned by their respective companies (Dodge, Ford, Chevrolet).
Great role models 4/5: However, despite all this, there are great role models. The characters always try to uphold what is right and true. They use martial arts to defend themselves and each other, promoting self-discipline and self-defense. They treat each other with respect (outside of Sydney and Gage, but that's all in fun and flirting). They try to get the kids who are involved with crime to make the right and smart choice. However, Walker, as the series progresses, does use his martial arts on people to get them to confess or do the right thing. These situations are few compared to his normal coolness, but, still: in real life, he gets away with more than he should.
Great messages 3/5: The messages that are taught in this series are good. Like I said earlier, it constantly shows that just because your life is tough doesn't mean you can't do the right thing.
It's a great series and pretty clean compared to today's soap operas. But, I would recommend not letting your little ones watch this. I can't quite say what age is good, but like I said at the beginning of my review: it takes maturity.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking