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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A police and FBI investigation of a serial killer unfolds, showing how criminal investigations work.
There are good people out there trying to protect vulnerable people from harm. Learn form your mistakes. Trust people who are trustworthy.
Positive Role Models
A police officer who is investigating the death of a girl is interested in finding out the truth about her murder even when his male colleagues send smoke screens about the suspect's motives. Parents show that they care about their children by supporting them even when they make mistakes.
Women victims are often disdained and brushed aside as being "dramatic." Violence against women is a key theme in this show.
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Violence & Scariness
Torture, gunshots, assault weapon possession, trading drugs for a person's freedom, rape, murder of young girls, stalking, prison violence, sexual violence. A serial killer's motives and actions are explored in detail.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual violence is a main theme in this series.
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Frequent use of language. All variations and uses of "f--k," ("motherf--ker," "f--ker,"), "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "p---y," "hell," "damn," and so on.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs are dealt and used (cocaine), adults binge on alcohol. Drug dealers live large, driving Ferraris, carrying AK-47's, snorting coke, bingeing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Bird is a true crime thriller from novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone). Violence pervades the series. A serial killer who preys on girls and whose sense of reality is distorted by mental illness has killed at least fourteen girls. The main characters in the series try to get a confession from him by getting close to him. Graphic sexual situations, torture, violence, hard drugs, guns, alcohol, prison life are all prominent themes. Language is frequent (all variations and uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," etc...).
Is It Any Good?
Dark, sleek, and action-packed, this true-crime series can't quite rise above the misogyny inherent in its storyline. Blackbird turns over the rock that sits smugly atop the murders and disappearance of more than a dozen young women, peeking at the criminal behind their murders and his hatred of the female person. Cops brush off complaints of stalking and harassment by girls and women, ignore facts, even go so far as to protect a suspect's innocence because he's "weird." But the series doesn't propel itself higher than its lowest denominator. In part, because the anti-hero who's supposed to crack the case doesn't seem to care much about women. "I don't know these women," he says when offered an opportunity to help solve over a dozen murder cases involving young women. No, like the majority of men in this show, he's truly in it for himself. The cliché-heavy dialogue is a drag, too.
But, Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Invincible) moves with certainty-- taking up the role as the cop with a moral compass -- in a series that needs a moral compass. Enter a very believable creep, Larry D. Hall (played to skin-crawling perfection by Paul Walter Hauser, Cobra Kai), and the stuff squirming under the rock comes to life.
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