Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a primetime follow-up to the popular movie The Avengers, so it's bound to be a draw for anyone who enjoyed the film. That said, none of the movie's highest-profile cast members return for this series, so it's not difficult to jump into the action without having seen the film. Violence is indicative of the cop dramas it's modeled after, so you'll see explosions, fires, beatings, and the use of guns and other weapons, and some people are injured in the crossfire. Strong language is a minor concern ("frickin'" and "bitch" are repeat offenders), and there's some playful sexual banter between male and female characters. On the upside, teamwork and social responsibility are recurring themes, and there are three strong, competent female agents in the mix.
Some innuendo and banter between characters, and women often wear tight outfits that accentuate their curves. Sexual relationships between characters are discussed, but nothing graphic is shown. Some kissing/making out/removal of clothes (down to underwear).
Lots of explosive violence (the type that brings down city buildings and causes injuries like cuts and scrapes), though given the scope of the mayhem, the blood and gore is kept to a minimum. Guns and other weapons are in play, but most of the damage is suffered by inanimate objects like walls and desks rather than people. Hand-to-hand fighting can be intense and leave victims with injuries. Some characters have supernatural abilities they can wield at will. Characters are often in peril, and some die.
Occasional use of words including "bastard," "bitch," "damn," "frickin'," and "oh my God" (as an exclamation).
Series reminds us that no one goes it alone. Teamwork prevails and usually tips the balance in favor of the team of heroes. Similarly, though each team member boasts different talents, it's the combination of all of them that makes the agents so powerful. There's also a theme of responsibility in the story, with multiple variations of the classic Marvel line, "With great power comes great responsibility." To that note, the heroes are expected to serve the public. Less quantifiable skills like intelligence are valued as much as strength and bravery.
The series is the continuation of the box office hit The Avengers, but most of the characters have changed to fit the small screen.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Some drinking, typically social. All by adult characters.