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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Solid historical drama has lots of violence, sex, cursing.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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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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