A program full of action without graphic violence, relationship drama without graphic sex, and which makes being smart look cool, Scorpion is a safe, fun pick the whole family can enjoy.
Walter O’Brien is one of the smartest men in the world – and one of the most socially inept. Walter leads his team of fellow super-intelligent misfits (mechanical engineer “Happy” Quinn, “human calculator” Sylvester Dodd, and scheming psychologist Toby Curtis) in dealing with international crises at the direction of Homeland Security agent Cabe Gallo. Helping the team to deal with ordinary people, normal life, and their own emotions is former waitress Paige – who is also the single mother to Ralph, another budding genius who bonds with the team.
Based on the experiences of the real-life super-genius Walter O’Brien, Scorpion follows the standard procedural format of a team of quirky experts working together to solve the crisis of the week. Delightfully, however, it does this without foul language, sex, or graphic violence. At a Paley Center panel, series executive producer Nick Santora stated that his goal was to provide a “funcedural” – an action-packed, character-driven show “for people who come home from work on Monday night and just want to be entertained.” The sentiment is echoed by the real Walter O’Brien, who also executive-produces; O’Brien noted growing up with “fun” shows about intelligent problem solvers like MacGyver, and hoped to provide something similar for kids today – and the show does. After so many seasons in which television was swamped with sex and serial killers, it’s nice to finally see an action show families can enjoy together.
Scorpion premieres Monday, September 22nd, at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS.
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