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Parents' Guide to

Black Bird

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent, graphic true crime series about serial killer.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2022
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Graphic Sex Scene first episode

Common Sense Media is supremely disappointing. While I do appreciate the reviews, often they miss objectionable content. They only gave 3 stars as the rating for sex and nudity. The first episode has a graphic sex scene that no child should ever watch. multi-angle scene moaning and thrusting, porn style but very creatively shot to avoid actual full nudity (but male rear nudity is full)…"yeah kids lets talk about this together" CSM sometimes is not reliable and is clearly biased on side of entertainment companies. They profit from a rental or purchase of a film or series. (I would much rather have ads on this site than them be more forgiving of content providers). The show might have been good without this content. still not for kids. Story is about serial killings.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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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