Parents' Guide to

American Gangster

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Smart series takes an in-depth look at crime.

TV BET Reality TV 2006
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American Gangster is a departure for BET, which many have come to associate with music videos and shallow reality shows. This series does a good job of intelligently looking back at the complex lives of the featured criminals and showing how their actions affected not only their lives, but those of their families, friends, and neighbors. While the subject matter is grim and footage can sometimes be harsh, it's compelling viewing for audiences eager to learn about the past.

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