Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"


Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

TV Series Review

After nuclear attacks obliterate numerous U.S. cities, the surviving townsfolk of Jericho, Kan., initially worry about having basic utilities. But before long, with mercenaries threatening their borders and supplies waning, they just hope they'll live to see another day. The same may be said of CBS' apocalyptic drama, Jericho, which returned Feb. 21 after a 10-week hiatus. Will restless viewers come back, too? It may depend on how they felt about the show's evolution last fall.

Early in the season the ensemble series showed restraint in its portrayal of modern civilization run amok. Conflicts centered on schoolhouse fires and bullies stealing horses. Trying to hold the town together through the post-attack bedlam was the admirable Green family, led by dad/ex-mayor Johnston (Gerald McRaney). Prodigal son-turned-hero Jake (Skeet Ulrich) came home after a five-year absence, but it's unclear why he disappeared and what he did while away. That mystery and others will unfold slowly in weeks to come. (With so many characters and tangled plotlines, viewers often walk away with more questions than answers, à la ABC's Lost.)

Enigmas notwithstanding, scripts celebrated the strength of the human spirit. Jake repeatedly risked his life to save those in peril, while Johnston and his wife, Gail, showed the boy remarkable forgiveness despite the pain he'd caused them. Also, the importance of community and perseverance has been obvious. "We know that every life matters," Johnston said at a vigil. "We have to fight for every life, even when it seems hopeless, even when we're afraid. Because the battle ahead isn't just for our survival, it's for our humanity."

Impressive. However, producers apparently didn't think such inspirational speeches were enough to hold an audience, so they colored later episodes with a darker, more ominous tone. Shootouts and deaths became common in what turned into an every-man-for-himself environment. We got more grisly depictions of the nuclear aftermath, questionable language, drinking binges and a subplot involving an extramarital affair. It's hard to know what's in store now that the drama has returned to prime time, though executive producer Carol Barbee forecasts a juxtaposition of flashbacks from a more innocent day and harsh, post-nuclear reality.

"You see the world alive—with music and beauty—before the bomb. It's wild, refreshing and fun," Barbee said of the upcoming glimpses of backstory. But any fun could be fleeting. As winter approaches, supplies dwindle and threats mount from sinister neighbors, it's safe to say that Jericho's post-apocalyptic present will only get more grim.

Episodes Reviewed: Sept. 20 - Nov. 29, 2006

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements


Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles



Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews



Readability Age Range








Record Label




On Video

Year Published



Marcus Yoars

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!