The Beast

2009 TV-14 1 season

The Beast

2009 TV-14 1 season
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Patrick Swayze stars in this fast-moving crime drama -- short-lived because of Swayze's untimely death in 2009 -- as a longtime FBI agent whose maverick style stands in stark contrast to that of his rookie partner.
Patrick Swayze, Travis Fimmel, Lindsay Pulsipher, Kevin J. O'Connor, Lawrence Gilliard Jr.
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 3 discs

Patrick Swayze stars in this action-packed series as veteran FBI agent Charles Barker, who's always done things his own way. When he's paired with rookie Ellis Dove, Barker trains the newcomer in his unorthodox techniques.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: 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 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that the main character of this adult crime drama is a maverick undercover FBI agent who's willing to break the rules if it gets the job done. His peers respect him, and his superiors tolerate his behavior since he has a strong record of bringing in the bad guys. But some of his actions seem way over the line, such as blowing up a colleague's car with a rocket launcher. Some of what he does is part of maintaining his cover, but he also seems to relish abusing his authority, whether he's hazing a rookie partner, "borrowing" weapons from the bureau's armory without proper authorization, or blowing up vehicles to impress a potential buyer in an arms deal. Expect some intense, realistic violence, a fair bit of drinking, and some drug use, as well as some unbleeped swearing (including "s--t").

Sexual Content

No sex, but heavy flirting between characters and some innuendo.


Plenty of violence, ranging from drunken bar fights to gun battles and even the occasional rocket launcher. Most of the characters carry guns. Some of the fights look realistic and intense, leaving the combatants bloodied. One sequence involves people playing Russian Roulette while high on drugs (nobody loses). Storylines include arms deals.


Some unbleeped swearing, including "s--t," "bulls--t," "prick," and "bitch."

Social Behavior

Barker is a classic law enforcer who doesn't play by the rules but gets the job done. He's respected by his peers, but some of his superiors wonder if he's on the take. As an undercover agent, he's expected to lie -- but some of his ploys clearly skirt the rules, both the minor bureaucratic ones that can make simple processes take weeks and the important ones, like constitutional protection. Barker also seems to relish hazing his rookie partner -- but although Dove gripes about the treatment, he has nothing but admiration for the veteran agent.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A fair amount of drinking and drug references; some scenes show people taking drugs. The agents often unwind after work at bars, where some people are obviously drunk.

  • 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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