Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

2008 TV-14 2 seasons

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

2008 TV-14 2 seasons
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Pursued by agents of Skynet, single mom Sarah Connor and her son John must use their wits and create alliances to ensure that John survives to become the savior of the human race. Disguised as regular people, evil Terminators seek to destroy the duo.
Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Richard T. Jones, Brian Austin Green, Garret Dillahunt, Shirley Manson, Leven Rambin
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 3 discs

Single mother Sarah Connor must prepare her teenage son John for his destiny as leader of the human resistance in a future where intelligent machines have decided that mankind must be terminated.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Latin, Chinese Simplified, Korean, Thai, Portuguese (Brazilian), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese (Brazilian): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Widescreen 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this series picks up right where the first two Terminator movies left off, centering on the never-ending conflict between Sarah Connor and her son and the indestructible robotic assassins that want to kill them. There's plenty of action, including car chases, explosions, fistfights, and gunfights. But it's not just mindless violence; because the show focuses on Sarah's efforts to protect her son at all costs (so he can grow up to lead the human resistance), it has a strong narrative framework to support all the smash-'em-up scenes. Plus, with her take-no-prisoners attitude, Sarah is one of Hollywood's most interesting female characters; here, she's joined by Cameron, a tough female terminator. By contrast, teenage John is still unformed, and, though earnest, he can also be rash and immature. This series, as the name says, is all about the women.

Sexual Content

No sex, but teen John Connor certainly seems to have some chemistry with his attractive robotic protector, Cameron (and she shows a little bit of cyborg skin, but nothing sensitive). Characters sometimes travel through time and must be completely naked for the trip, but there's no explicit nudity.


The Terminators are plenty tough, and it gets pretty rough when two machines go at it. Expect some serious brawling, shown in explicit detail -- though, since they're indestructible, there isn't much gore. When humans take on the Terminators, expect lots of big explosions as they try bigger and bigger guns, usually with little effect -- and sometimes followed by the unnerving sight of a robotic skeleton rising from the wreckage of a blast that seems like it could have destroyed anything. When a Terminator has the upper hand, it's ruthless and aggressive, killing quickly and efficiently, and leaving corpses in its wake, sometimes in a bloody mess. Some of the robots' wounds appear bloody temporarily, but they don't feel pain.


Includes words like "hell," "crap," "whore," and "bitch."

Social Behavior

Sarah Connor and her son, John, are fighting to prevent a future apocalypse that nobody else really believes will happen, and they're willing to break the law to accomplish their ends if necessary. Those ends could include murdering people to prevent them from inventing dangerous machines, stealing to support their guerilla efforts, or robbing a bank. The Connors are fugitives, forced to live underground using fake identities and fake papers and often must lie to the authorities who think their wild tales of unstoppable machines are simply symptoms of mental illness. The show features two strong female characters.


Part of the successful Terminator movie franchise.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some background/social drinking.

  • 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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