Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this action series is packed with heart-pounding suspense. Storylines often deal with topics like murder, abduction, conspiracy theories, and corruption, and sometimes it's hard to tell whether a character's intentions are good or bad. The main character remains steadfast in his efforts to help those around him, despite the fact that he's being tracked by people bent on forcing him back into the exploitation he escaped. The show's violence and subject matter ensure that it isn't for little kids, and its changing nature (each episode introduces a new storyline and cast of supporting characters) makes the subject matter unpredictable -- so parents may want to preview a few episodes before letting tweens tune in.
Themes sometimes touch on things like extramarital affairs and illegitimate pregnancies.
Depending on the subject matter, there's potential for fistfights and confrontations with guns, knives, and other weapons. Characters are occasionally shown dying; photos depict corpses with gunshot wounds. Plot topics touch on murder and suicide.
"Hell" and "damn" are used infrequently; in the syndicated version of the show, words like "bastard" and even "panties" (in the context of "don't get your panties in a wad") are bleeped.
The main character devotes his life to helping acquaintances resolve past wrongs -- even when it puts his life in danger. But the series includes a lot of iffy behavior -- like theft, dishonesty, murder, and suicide. The lone recurring female character is a no-nonsense leader, but she often shows her temper's short fuse.
Rarely, products like Cracker Jacks get air time.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main female character often smokes, and others sometimes join in.