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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Greed is king in this world.
Positive Role Models
While it's refreshing to see a diverse group of traders in a Wall Street-centered story, their erratic and excessive behavior isn't necessarily something you'd want to emulate. Regina Hall's "Dawn" is perhaps the most layered character, and does a terrific job bringing some gravitas to her storyline as a black businesswoman struggling to be taken seriously in a world where her own husband and family want her to quit her job and start having kids.
Violence & Scariness
The show opens with a scene of someone falling from a skyscraper and landing on top of a car, blood spatters and all.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nearly nonstop sexual jokes and references, some crude slurs about someone's sexual preference. Characters make out. References to prostitutes. A man's penis is seen in the first episode, repeatedly being laid on another man's shoulder as a prank.
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Every profanity in the book is uttered in this no-holds-barred series, including "f--k" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Tons of brand names mentioned and showcased (albeit, brands of the 1980s), as many of the characters are wealth and status-obsessed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
These traders absolutely love cocaine, and it is in constant use. Plenty of drinking and smoking as well.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Monday is a dark comedy about Wall Street set in the 1980s, which features lots of on-screen drug use (the brokers are completely obsessed with cocaine, which is a running gag) as well as drinking and smoking. A man's penis is shown in the first episode, though in a comedic and not sexual context. The series is rife with slurs about people's ethnicity, religion, and sexual preference. Some brief makeout scenes and frequent sexual references. Many and varied creative profanities are used, including "f--k" and "s--t."
Is It Any Good?
Those with little patience for period-specific sight gags and raunchy punchlines may be turned off, but the dynamic performances -- particularly by Regina Hall and Don Cheadle -- really help sell it. Black Monday is hardly the first time Hollywood has depicted 1980s excess, and at times the show seems to have trouble maintaining focus, but the rapid-fire relentlessness of the humor definitely helps set it apart. The jokes are off-color to be sure, but can also be oddly inventive and at times even veer into slapstick. The show revels in skewering the greedy, amoral behavior of these ragtag misfits of Wall Street, but there are occasional hints of something deeper that give it potential to be more than just another drug-induced walk down memory lane.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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