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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 68 Whiskey is a mature series about a group of military medical personnel stationed in Afghanistan. It features the expected bloody, and sometimes fatal, injuries stemming from explosions, shootings, and physical fights (some of which is also shown). Cursing (including the “F” word) is constant, illicit sexual relationships are a major theme, and simulated sexual activities are shown. There’s also some drinking, drunken behavior, and pot smoking.
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What's the story?
68 WHISKEY is a dramatic comedy series featuring a diverse group of combat medics stationed at a NATO Coalition base in Afghanistan. Medics from all over the world are serving at the Laghman Province-based base camp known as “The Orphanage,” including American soldiers like Cooper Roback (Sam Keeley), Grace Durkin (Gage Golightly), Mehki Davis (Jeremy Tardy), Rosa Alvarez (Cristina Rodlo), and Anthony Petrocelli (Nicolas Coombe), who happens to be one of the younger guys at the camp. They also interact with mercenaries like Sasquatch (Derek Theler). Living and working together in such a dangerous place leads to some close friendships, illicit affairs, and self-destructive behaviors, much to the dismay of Major Sonia Holloway (Beth Riesgraf), Captain Hazara (Usman Ally), and Colonel Harlan Austin (Lamont Thompson). But they are all committed to serving, even if they don’t always do what’s right.
Is it any good?
This uneven fictional series highlights stories about what life can be like for military personnel deployed to remote bases around the world. Plots include illicit business deals with locals, a potential murder, and more politicized tales, including the dismissal and deportation of U.S. soldiers. Adding to this are lots of sexual hookups, goofy moments, and some outrageous, and often dangerous, schemes designed to make the show more fun. But outside of a few entertaining scenes, these narratives feel unbalanced, and never seem to come together enough. As a result, 68 Whiskey leaves you feeling like it is trying too hard, and yet just isn't meeting its full potential.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what 68 Whiskey means in the U.S. military. What are the requirements to be part of it?
How accurately does this series portray life at a remote military base? Does is portray the servicemen and women in a positive way?
Is showing people cursing, drinking, smoking pot, and clearly engaged in sexual activity on TV necessary for audiences to understand that these things happen? Can scenes with overtly mature content detract from the storyline?
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