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The tribes battle for Germania, but the friendship between Thusnelda, Folkwin, and Arminius is also central to the series. Themes range from loyalty to betrayal and vengeance.
Positive Role Models
Thusnelda is a strong-willed and courageous woman who often challenges women's roles in her tribe. She and Folkwin believe in fighting the Romans, but Arminius must negotiate his allegiance to Cherusci and his former friends, and a childhood spent being trained as a Roman citizen and officer.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of brutal, bloody violence, ranging from whipping and bludgeoning, to beheadings and crucifixions. Many of these moments happen on screen, while the aftermath (including bloody wounds) of others is what is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It features strong sexual content that includes simulated sex scenes and nudity. Marriage, prostitution, and other related themes are addressed.
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Profanity includes "f--k," "a--hole," and "piss."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Romans drink wine, and ale is also consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barbarians is a German-produced historical drama series and is both subtitled and dubbed in English. It features a lot of graphic bloody violence, like stabbings, beheadings, and crucifixions. There is also plenty of sexual content, including simulated sex scenes and nudity. Marriage, prostitution, and other related themes are addressed. Strong cursing includes "f--k," "a--hole," and "piss." There's some wine and ale drinking, too.
Is It Any Good?
This compelling episodic drama offers a somewhat accurate depiction of what led up to the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, which kept the Roman Empire from expanding into Northern Europe. The story of Thusnelda and Arminius is based on historical figures, but Folkwin Wolfspeer is a figment of the producers' imaginations, and creates a narrative designed to add to the drama. This, combined with the inner-workings of tribal politics, and interactions with the Romans, is easy to get absorbed in.
This series also features all the brutal violence and sexual behavior one comes to expect from these types of shows. Cast members' desire to avenge some wrong, their sense of loyalty, and their willingness to betray one another in exchange for power or survival, make for some important (albeit expected) events within the story world. But while not completely original, it is because of these characteristics that Barbarians is so absorbing.
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