• Scorpion is a Smart, Action-Packed “Funcedural”

    by  • September 8, 2014 • Paleyfest • 3 Comments

    scorpionA 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.

    Take a look yourself and tell us what you think in our comments below!



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    3 Responses to Scorpion is a Smart, Action-Packed “Funcedural”

    1. NeversideFaerie
      May 21, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      This show is really good! It does have enough violence to be realistic, but is discreet enough to make it a suitable watch for viewers twelve and over. It’s ideal for adults and teens who want to watch something fairly grown-up but not too graphic. I am really pleased with the creators of the programme for making it this way.

    2. Melinda
      December 9, 2014 at 7:09 am

      I love the show. Finally something I can watch with my 10 year old daughter. She loves it too. However, the show last night began with what I consider to be “graphic” violence! My daughter was shocked and I was upset. I really sincerely hope this will not be repeated in future shows, because we will not watch anymore. The show was aired Monday 12/8/2014. I just don’t think that kind of blatant killing is necessary for this type of show.
      Melinda and Megan

    3. Jean
      September 15, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Looking forward to seeing this!

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