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The romance uses history as a way of highlighting why the lovers couldn't be together. Love, homophobia, racism, sexism, and U.S. politics are all themes.
Positive Role Models
Hawk and Tim truly love each other. Members of the LGBTQ+ community have illicit or heteronormative relationships, mainly due to the political and social climate. Some people keep their homosexuality private, but openly do harm to other LGBTQ individuals.
The series features characters who secretly identify as gay, lesbian, and transgender, and actors who openly define as LGBTQ+. Some cast members are Black; racism is addressed.
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Violence & Scariness
Arguments happen. Homophobia is rampant and people live in constant fear of being watched, bullied, turned over to the police, dying of AIDS, etc. Suicide is also discussed. Violent historical events are referenced, including the execution of the Rosenbergs for espionage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hawk and Tim have a passionate love affair. Nudity (including male genitalia) and explicit (and sometimes rough) simulated sex scenes are shown. Conversations are had about sexual relations and contracting HIV/AIDS.
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Lots of crude sexual references. Also strong cursing throughout, including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor, champagne) and cigarette smoking is frequently visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the limited series Fellow Travelers, a TV adaptation of the 2017 novel of the same name, contains mature themes and sexual content, including full nudity, and simulated sex scenes, some of which are more rough than romantic. Homophobia in 20th-century U.S. history is a major theme. Expect crude sexual references, cursing, drinking, and cigarette smoking. There's arguing, references are made to suicide, violent events are discussed, and HIV/AIDS is part of the narrative.
Is It Any Good?
The weighty series mixes the fictional story of an illicit and taboo love affair with U.S. political history to paint a dark and rather sad picture of what life was like for the LGBTQ+ community during the latter part of the 20th century. With the help of flashbacks, it contextualizes the evolution of Hawk and Tim's relationship within major political and social shifts in the U.S. to bring their relationship full circle. Woven throughout are the stories of other people within this universe, like Hawk's secretary Mary Johnson (Erin Neufer) and journalist Marcus Hooks (Jelani Alladin), who are looking for ways to live full lives while simultaneously protecting themselves from the systemic sexism, racism, and homophobia in which they are forced to exist.
Meanwhile, the choices made by folks like top McCarthy staffer Roy Cohn (Will Brill) and Hawk's wife Lucy (Allison Williams) underscore the hypocrisy behind heteronormative conventions. These are complicated narratives, which, in addition to some sexually explicit scenes, makes Fellow Travelers an option best left for older viewers. But those with the maturity to handle it may find themselves reflecting on what the LGBTQ+ community has collectively been subjected to throughout U.S. history, and how its members still face challenges in order to be fully accepted by American society.
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