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Zero Hour



Conspiracy theory thriller on the milder side; some blood.
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2013

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The plot suggests that there are dark powers with dangerous motives at work in the world. But that's offset by a prevailing sense that good people can use their collective intelligence to keep evil at bay.

Positive role models

There are obvious villains, as well as characters whose motives aren't so clear. But the protagonists are purposefully driven and stand for truth, justice, and integrity.


People get injured -- even murdered -- and some characters carry guns. But violent acts aren't typically shown on screen. There's also blood and some ominous imagery (like a person who froze to death, etc.).

Not applicable

Generally curse-free, but some characters use suggestive terms like "reacharound."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, aside from occasional blood and some ominous imagery, Zero Hour is generally OK for family viewing for young teens and up. Language isn't really an issue, although characters sometimes use suggestive language in a humorous way. Teens who are sensitive to dark themes may find the suggestion that people in power have dangerous motives to be unsettling.

What's the story?

When his wife (Jacinda Barrett) is mysteriously abducted by a known terrorist (Michael Nyqvist), Modern Skeptic magazine editor Hank Galliston (Anthony Edwards) -- aided by two of his staffers (Addison Timlin and Scott Michael Foster) and an ambitious FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo) with her own agenda -- sets out to find her by following a set of clues he found locked away inside an old clock. But as each minute brings them closer to the ZERO HOUR, they learn that the very future of humanity is at stake.

Is it any good?


Blending aspects of Dan Brown's bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code (and the 2006 film adaptation) with elements of National Treasure, Zero Hour makes an ambitious play for viewers with a sweeping premise set on a global scale. That's pretty gutsy for a television show. But Zero Hour largely delivers the goods with an effectively paced script and compelling plot points that succeed at drawing you in -- and making you think.

At times, the dialogue can get overly schmaltzy. But the best news if you're a parent is that you can watch with older kids without having to worry too much about content red flags. And with so many aspects of the plot rooted in real-life history, you're also bound to learn something while you're being entertained.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Zero Hour's premise as it relates to world history -- from the Bible to World War II. What do you know about the 12 apostles of Christianity? What about the Nazis? How does this series use known facts for fictional purposes?

  • What's the appeal of conspiracy theories -- both in real life and in fictional works like Zero Hour? Why do some people believe that those in power are guarding the truth from the rest of us on a grand scale? What's feeding that sense of distrust?

  • How far-fetched is the plot? Which elements seem plausible? Which seem improbable?

TV details

Premiere date:February 14, 2013
Cast:Anthony Edwards, Carmen Ejogo, Jacinda Barrett
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Parent Written byGoodParent11 February 15, 2013


What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 10 years old June 22, 2013

Zero Hour is...

I really like this series. But there is times where lots of blood is shown and I cover my eyes. The suspense can freak out little kids. SPOILER!!! In episode 4 White vincent pulled a bullet out of his leg and is very grapic. In episode 5 some of the flashbacks can be a bit disturbing. The parts where VIncent suddenly pops out in santa marta clinic can frighten young children.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking