A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Looks at contemporary and complicated issues in America, including the treatment of Muslims, racism, and the role technology has in our lives.
Positive Role Models
People from multiple backgrounds holding different viewpoints featured.
Violence & Scariness
Stories and images of violent events, including KKK rallies and the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One episode features lifelike female robots making suggestive comments; their private parts are blurred.
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"Piss," bleeped cursing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some episodes show folks drinking wine, beer, and hard liquor. Heroin addiction discussed; addictive behavior visible within this context.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that America Inside Out with Katie Couric is a docu-series that examines contemporary controversial issues in the United States. Stories about and images of violent events, including 9/11, are shown. It also contains disturbing images of racist behaviors, including KKK rallies and bleeped cursing. One episode features lifelike dolls making sexual comments (their private parts are blurred). Drinking (beer, wine, hard liquor) is visible, and some interviews take place in bars. Addiction is discussed (heroine is sometimes visible).
Is It Any Good?
This informative series offers viewers the opportunity to examine some of America's most controversial issues through a relatively unbiased lens. Katie Couric approaches the issues from a journalistic point of view, but uses devices like talking to celebrities and showing archived news footage of controversial moments to make it more appealing to viewers. As a result, discussions of some issues are not without bias.
There's a lot to be learned from the series. However, watching it isn't always easy, and listening to individuals with very strong and controversial viewpoints will stir up a wide range of reactions. But it is these very reasons that makes it worth tuning in. Ultimately, America Inside Out serves as an interesting starting point for conversations about these important, and nationally relevant, subjects.
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