Pan Am

2011 TV-PG 1 season

Pan Am

2011 TV-PG 1 season
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Set during the 1960s heyday of glamorous international air travel, this TV drama follows the steamy, secretive lives of freewheeling pilots and stewardesses working for the era's premier airline: Pan American World Airways.
Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse, Mike Vogel, Kelli Garner, Jeremy Davidson
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2011) - 3 discs

Set in the swinging '60s, this crisp drama centers on the ultra-chic pilots and flight attendants of a luxury Pan American Clipper, with Christina Ricci starring as a stewardess whose pristine in-air image masks a turbulent personal life.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, English SDH, French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that there are some iffy messages here about sexism, thanks to the show's overly sunny and nostalgic tone. Female characters are portrayed as independent but must meet strict physical beauty standards (including regular weigh-ins); they also endure other sexist treatment from male (and a few female) colleagues that just wouldn't fly (pun intended) today. Social drinking is somewhat glamorized, too, and there's some light sexual content (mostly kissing) along with low-level language ("damn," "hell," etc.). The espionage subplot results in some tension and peril.

Sexual Content

Some kissing, making out, and simulated sex (shoulders, etc. shown while characters are in ed). Many liasions/affairs, including between characters who are involved with/married to others. Also lots of flirtatious talk.


Some tension and peril; one of the main characters stabs a male passenger with a cocktail pick when he comes on too strong.


Words like "damn" and "hell" pop up. Also body-part terms like "fanny."

Social Behavior

The show's overall feel is nostalgic and rather sunny for a time when we traveled with service and style. But many scenes reflect the blatant sexism of the time, almost with fondness. Flight attendants (who are, of course, called "stewardesses" here) must weigh in for work, get slapped on the bottom, are told to move their "fanny," etc., which chips away at their perceived independence.


Pan Am is no longer functional as an airline, but its logo is everywhere in the show.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The airplane itself is stocked with a full, visible bar, allowing passengers to drink martinis and the like in flight. After hours, the crew regularly meets for drinks, etc.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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