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2001–2006 (5 seasons, 105 episodes)

Moral Rating: Caution
Primary Audience: Teen to Adult
Genre: Drama
Length: 1 hr.
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber, Michael Vartan, Kevin Weisman, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Merrin Dungey, Bradley Cooper

Show Synopsis: (from Tim Emmerich) ALIAS is centered around a young college-aged lady who was a “spy”. She thought she was working for the CIA but it turned out that she was working for an agency that she was supposedly combatting. After her fiance gets brutally murdered for just being told that she was a spy, she becomes a double agent with the real CIA.

viewer comments…
Usually Okay—This show is probably one of the best out there right now. Although the main character Sydney does dress quite revealing sometimes, there are no deep sex scenes and there is very little language involved. It's very entertaining …keeps you hooked from week to week and also gives you something to think about. I love it!
Deanna, age 18
Caution—I have to admit that I love this show. It is, in general, a whole lot better morally than most other shows on TV. I put down the caution because it is a very intense show. There is a lot of action, occasionally very heavy. Syd does dress in a revealing manner quite a bit. Always when she is undercover though.

There is implied premarital relations with several characters as well as one scene near the end of the season where Syd and a former boyfriend make out and begin undressing each other. The scene ends with nothing else shown though they are shown waking up together later. There is some language as well.

However, there are also good lessons about family relationships with Syd and her Dad as well as the whole taking out the bad guys thing. All in all, this is a great show which will hopefully not be ruined next season.
Elizabeth Gray, age 20
Usually Okay—I truly enjoy this show. I have not come across anything that made me change the channel and although there is some violence, it is not overly used and is not offensive because Sydney is trying to help the real CIA.
Alex, age 20
Caution—There's a lot to like about this show. But it can be hard to follow sometimes, so you really have to pay attention to what's going on. It portrays Sidney, the main character, as an intelligent woman with strong moral convictions who can take care of herself. Sidney is a double agent. When she discovers that the organization that she's working for is NOT the CIA as she was told, but ST6, a corrupt organization, she promptly joins the CIA to combat ST6 from within. There's lots of action! I've seen little to object to in this show as far as language and sexuality. No gay characters or hot and heavy bedroom scenes. Yes, it's violent, but it's not graphic or brutal. This is definitely one of the best new shows on TV.
Merrie Smith, age 39
Usually Okay—I have to say that I love this show! It is very entertaining and it is very clean, so far. Compared to all the raunchy teen-centered shows out there, Alias is on the top of my list as one of the few shows to catch my interest and respect. Watch it!
Francheska, age 18
Usually Okay—Excellent thriller. Clean.
anonymous, age 45
Caution—Generally interesting, though I find myself pretty lost sometimes. I didn't catch the first few episodes, so I am not “in” on the larger plot. As a word of caution for men, from time to time there is some female skin shown--revealing outfits, bikinis, etc.
TC, age 28
Caution—The shows are interesting and they don't tend to tell you everything. However, there is considerable violence. There is also some adult-level emotion as she struggles with Danny's death and, to top it off, it turns out her dad is also a double agent. All her life, she thought he just sold airplane parts. It hasn't been overly sexual or any nudity yet, although they like showing the lead character’s stomach or in sexy dresses. Use your discernment.
Tim Emmerich, age 34
…So far, “Alias” has stuck to its primary mission: action. Fierce, hand-to-hand combat is a staple…
Steven Isaac, Plugged In, Focus on the Family
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—Its a great show. I have to admit that there is some language in it but not as much as in most TV shows today but that’s not to excuse it. It’s got enough James Bond and enough family values to satisfy anyone of any age. Its a good thriller that I would give a 9 out of 10.
Josh Anderson, age 13
Usually Okay—Alias is a very interesting show, with a very complex plot. It is action and drama packed, and might not be good for young children because of the violence. I am impressed with the absence of language and crude humor. One thing that could be avoided on the show is some of the clothes worn, but other the that I would recommend it to action lovers.
Kayla, age 15
Usually Okay—I love this show! Its really good, and very clean. It would have to be one of the only shows that is clean nowadays. Anyone who loves spy/action should definitely watch this one!
Sarah, age 18
Usually Okay—Amazing. This spy show is even better than James Bond. It will hold your attention with a complex, yet entertaining story line. I haven't heard any crude language. The action scenes are great…
Joey, age 19
Usually Okay—Great show. Good story line. Could be less repetition. An even mixture of action and romance. Suggest it for teens to adults.
Meagn, age 16, non-Christian