Parents' Guide to

61st Street

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tragic series focuses on police brutality and corruption.

TV AMC Drama 2022
61st Street poster featuring Courtney B. Vance

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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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Based on 1 parent review

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Where's the upside?

How much do Black people have to suffer under White Supremacy? If you want to feel depressed watch this show. While Vance and Ellis are fine actors, this stuff is depressing.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

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