A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In this dark, edgy show, even the "good guys" operate outside of typical moral and ethical codes.
Positive Role Models
This complex story about race and class in America features a diverse cast of actors in a wide range of non-stereotypical roles.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is constant, and includes gunfights, bombings, and murders, as well as terrorism and racially-motivated violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex and nudity.
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Frequent profanity ("f--k," "s--t," etc.), as well as racially-coded and racially insensitive language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Watchmen is a dark superhero drama made for a mature audience. Though not a strict adaptation, it's based on the 1995 comic book by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons -- a graphic novel that inspired others to look at superheroes as flawed human beings rather than pure "good guys." Most of the masked characters in Watchmen don't have actual superpowers, but their goal is to improve the world around them. It features a lot of violence, including gunfights, bombings, and murders, as well as terrorism and racially-motivated violence. Sexual content is strong, with full nudity and simulated sex. The show intends to tell a complex story about race and class in America, and is more intense than your standard superhero tale.
Is It Any Good?
This ambitious series attempts to tell a very different, complex American story in which masked heroes play a significant part. It's interesting that it arrives at a time when superhero content is the dominant form of entertainment in America. Watchmen feels a lot like some of producer Damon Lindelof's other work -- Lost and The Leftovers, specifically -- in that it weaves together a variety of storylines, genres and points of view into an incredibly elaborate story. With a strong cast and a seemingly fearless storytelling style, Watchmen could become as legendary as the classic it's based upon.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.