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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It’s a science fiction thriller about missing people from the past being returned from parts unknown, but it highlights the existence of systemic racism and other social inequities that exist in 2021.
Positive Role Models
Jharrel Mateo is trying to help the returnees being detained by the government. Shanice Murray and Claudette are natural leaders in the chaos, while Isaiah Johnson is slick and untrustworthy. The U.S. government is often presented as untrustworthy and abusing their authority.
Many cast members are Black. Characters are also White, multiracial, LGBTQ+, houseless, and from other marginalized communities.
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Violence & Scariness
Small bloody wounds are visible, as are other injuries that mysteriously heal quickly. Excessive force used by law enforcement is visible. Rifles, guns, and batons are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There’s some innuendo, ranging from flirtations and couples shown in bed (but no sexual activity).
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Words like "damn" and "hell" are audible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 4400 is a reboot of the popular science fictionseries The 4400 (2004-2007). It has some sexual innuendo, as well as themes relating to marriage, motherhood, love, and loss. In addition to supernatural elements, it highlights contemporary social issues relating to discrimination, including racism, unlawful detainment, and unwarranted force used by law enforcement (batons and guns are visible). There's some occasional strong language, and small bloody wounds and injuries are sometimes shown.
Is It Any Good?
The adaptation of the cult thriller offers viewers a mysterious plot line and lots of contemporary social commentary. Set in Detroit (vs. the original location of Seattle), it features a diverse ensemble cast, and uses it to bring heightened attention to the fact that systemic racism and social inequity exists in 2021, despite a century of political and social changes. It's not a subtle approach, but situating the supernatural events that transpire within this context doesn't take away from 4400's original premise. Overall, it's an entertaining science fiction series, and one that doesn't shy away from offering an uncomfortable message about the times we live in.
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