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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 61st Street is a drama about a lawyer who works hard to try to save a track star from serving time for a corrupt charge. Starring Courtney B. Vance, the series has some violence, including gun violence, and language. Characters also talk about drugs and plant drugs at a crime scene. The series focuses on bringing real-world issues, such as police brutality and racism, to audience members.
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What's the Story?
Real issues are dramatized in 61ST. STREET, a new drama featuring beleaguered lawyer Franklin Roberts (Courtney B. Vance) who is fighting against Chicago's corruption within its police and legal departments to save a gem of the community, Moses (Tosin Cole), a college-bound track athlete who was set to become a superstar before the police roped him into a crime.
Is It Any Good?
61st Street is a gripping drama, but it can be a hard watch if you are sensitive to shows that tackle the racial issue between police and Black and Brown communities. Actors like Vance and Aunjanue Ellis are able to shine and overall the strong cast finds the death and humanity in each of their characters. The tragedy of the overall story is also relatable since there have been many stories of Black and Brown individuals, many of whom were young people, who were destined for greatness but were unable to fully live to their potential due to racism within the police departments around the country.
One thing the series does showcase is how the corruption within police departments doesn't just affect white police officers; it also can affect Black and Brown police officers who come from the same communities that they are policing. But the series does focus on upstanding citizens like lawyer Franklin Roberts and his fight against the corruption and seek to bring their communities into a better life. With that said, 61st Street can be a difficult watch because it does remind the audience of the very real circumstances that people around the country are facing. We have seen many times Black and Brown bodies being mistreated by police and if you're looking for television to escape from reality 61st Street is not the show for you. But if you're looking for a series that tackles real-life issues in a compelling, thought-provoking way, then give 61st Street a try.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about racism in communities. How does racism affect Black and Brown communities?
How does the series portray police corruption?
Why is Franklin adamant about saving Moses from a life behind bars?
How does Franklin showcase empathy and compassion?
How does Franklin exhibit perseverance?
- Premiere date: April 10, 2022
- Cast: Courtney B. Vance, Aunjanue Ellis, Tosin Cole, Bentley Green
- Network: AMC
- Genre: Drama
- Character Strengths: Compassion, Courage, Empathy, Integrity, Perseverance
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: December 31, 2022
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