The Philanthropist

2009 NR 1 season

The Philanthropist

2009 NR 1 season
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After his only son dies, billionaire Teddy Rist devotes his life and fortune to the cause of justice, traveling the globe to improve the lives of the downtrodden by taking on sex traffickers, violent warlords and other oppressors.
James Purefoy, Neve Campbell, Michael K. Williams, Lindy Booth, Jesse L. Martin
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 2 discs

Transformed by the death of his only child, tycoon and ladies' man Teddy Rist decides to use his power and wealth to help those in need, braving perilous conditions in far-flung locales around the world.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this series revolves around a wealthy businessman who pursues global philanthropy for both generous and selfish reasons. He's often forced to deal with corrupt government officials and drug dealers when trying to help people, so the lines between "good" and "bad" sometimes get a bit fuzzy. Expect some strong sexual innuendo (including a reference to orgies), fairly frequent violence ranging from gunshots to physical assault (bloody wounds are sometimes visible), and some strong drug references (images of marijuana, etc.). Words like "hell," "damn," and "screw" are audible.

Sexual Content

Rist has a reputation as a womanizer. There's also some strong sexual innuendo, including references to prostitutes, orgies, and extramarital affairs. Women are visible in bikinis and other skimpy clothing.


Frequent gun use, with weapons fired. Rist often finds himself being chased, shot at, and beaten up while trying to do help people. Blood and other injuries are often visible. One scene shows people drowning, and at least one episode includes discussions about the death of a child.


Audible language includes words like "hell," "damn," and "screwed."

Social Behavior

Rist wants to help those in need, but his desires are also motivated by selfish reasons. And he's often forced to work with unscrupulous characters in order to get people the help they need.


Generic references to fast airplanes, fast cars, and other big-ticket items. Mercedes-Benz vehicles are frequently shown, but usually in areas where they aren't considered luxury cars.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Rist is a heavy drinker; lots of visible alcohol consumption (mixed drinks). Rist sometimes makes deals with drug lords and other disreputable characters in order to accomplish what he sets out to do. Marijuana and other controlled substances are sometimes visible during drug arrests. Cigarette and cigar smoking visible.

  • 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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