A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a soap opera, but themes like wealth, class, race, and empowerment are central to the show. Parenthood, and the importance of family and family history are also themes.
Positive Role Models
No one is innocent in this story world, but some have better intentions than others. Both Angela and Lauren are strong women, love their kids, and want to elevate their place in life, and that of other family members, albeit differently.
While a work of fiction, it highlights the existence, and role, of the Black elite at Martha’s Vineyard. It features a Black cast with strong female leads. There are references to elevating the Black community, especially women.
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Violence & Scariness
Yelling, arguing, and lots of scheming and sneaky behavior. There are some violent events (guns are visible), while others are alluded to. A person is falsely accused of a crime.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There’s lots of sex talk as people work on their marriages or date. A sex tape is shown (no nudity).
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Words like "damn" and "hell" are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking, ranging from sipping champagne at parties, to wine and hard alcohol being drunk at work and at home. Underage drinking is a theme (though not visible), and smoking weed is discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Our Kind Of People is a soapy drama that revolves around the affluent Black communities of Martha's Vineyard. There's some strong sexual innuendo, and infidelity is an issue. Lots of arguments, plotting, and sneaky behaviors sometimes lead to violent moments (guns are sometimes visible). Occasional strong language, references to pot smoking, and lots of drinking is visible. Underage drinking and pot smoking is discussed (but not visible).
Is It Any Good?
This drama offers a soapy story centered on the historic community of Martha's Vineyard's wealthy Black elites. Like any soap opera, it has an extensive ensemble cast, the lives of whom intersect in various ways with lots of twists and turns. But they unfold quickly, and the episodes seem to race through plot lines that, for all intents and purposes, could be teased out a little more slowly, and with a lot more suspense. There are also some conversations about Black power and supporting people (especially women) in the Black community, but the writing isn't quite sharp enough to elevate these moments beyond rhetorical vehicles to move the story forward. Nonetheless, Our Kind Of People still manages to deliver an indulgent viewing experience, and one that acknowledges the history and significance of the Black upper class.
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