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Tracker season 1





Sarah Rasmussen

TV Series Review

“I’m a professional,” claims Colter Shaw. “This is how I make my living: I earn rewards that are posted by police or citizens.”

“Sort of an unusual job, though, isn’t it?” says Colter’s client.

“I find it to be steady work,” Colter replies. “Everyone’s looking for something.”

As a professional tracker and reward seeker, Colter makes a living by finding what—or who—people are looking for. When friends and family members post about a missing loved one, Colter’s informants, Velma and Teddi, connect Colter with the case. After interviewing the family and friends and assuring them he’ll rescue their missing person, Colter packs up his RV and travels across the country to save people in dire situations. Colter tells all his clients that his only condition is this: Once Colter saves the person in need, the friends and family members enter into a binding contract to reward him.

Using an impressive array of survival skills and employing a casual disregard of the rules, Colter always holds up his end of the bargain.

But Colter Shaw wasn’t born this way. His troubled childhood shaped him into the tough, resourceful man he became. All his survivalist skills? He learned them because he needed them. And honestly, Colter would love to think as little about his difficult past as possible.

But when his estranged brother tries to contact him, Colter realizes he must either face or flee from his past.  


Based on Jeffery Deaver’s mystery and thriller novel The Never Game, CBS’ Tracker contains the violence, language and sexual content you’d expect from a TV-14 survival drama.

Colter dodges bullets and even gets hit by some. He saves people from bleeding injuries, and we sometimes see gashes and exposed wounds. Colter obviously encounters people in really difficult situations, but sometimes those situations can be particularly bothersome. One early episode included a plotline involving domestic violence, where children are physically hurt and threatened.

Profanity is sprinkled throughout the episodes including “a–,” “b–ch,” “h—” and misuses of God’s name.

And while the show focuses primarily on Colter’s career, Tracker finds time to explore sexual themes. Colter’s informants, Velma and Teddi, are a lesbian couple who live together. Furthermore, the show hints at a sexual past between Colter and his lawyer, Reenie—though Colter seems to have moved on to a new romantic interest.

While Colter seems capable of surviving anything thrown his way, it’s entirely up to your family whether you brave the content concerns in Tracker.

Episode Reviews

Feb. 11, 2024 – S1, E1: “Klamath Falls”

Fourteen-year-old Gilbert Brown has gone missing. As Colter tackles the case and connects with new acquaintances, he also confronts issues from his past.

A father slaps his 9-year-old daughter and later pulls out a knife to threaten his 18-year-old son. A character commits suicide, and we see his blood splatter across a window. It is implied that a child killed his father. A man points a gun at a character and fires a non-lethal shot. Colter rescues a lost hiker who has scratches on her face and a bleeding gash on her leg. When Colter tries to help her, the hiker’s face contorts in pain. While teaching his kids how to hunt, a man skins a rabbit onscreen.

Velma and Teddi, a lesbian couple, wake up after sleeping next to each other. A man is seen without a shirt. A male and a female character kiss. Someone makes a crude reference to male genitalia. A female character references her sexual past with a male character, and the two flirt a bit. It is implied that a male and female character had sex, and we see them wake up next to each other—their bare top halves conveniently hidden by the sheets.

There are four uses of “a–,” two of “b–ch,” four uses of “d–n,” five uses of “h—,” one use of “p-ssed” and seven misuses of God’s name.

We learn that a character died from a drug overdose. Characters are seen indulging in alcohol. We learn that suspect of Gilbert’s kidnapping used to use and steal drugs and vaping pens.

A married woman reveals that she still speaks to her ex-husband, but her current husband is unaware of their communication. Colter’s friend, Bobby, hacks into computer systems to help Colter solve his cases. Later, Colter breaks into a security room to uncover information for his case.

After a successful rescue, Colter jokingly claims that the gods are with him.

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Sarah Rasmussen

Sarah Rasmussen is the Plugged In intern for Summer 2023.

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