Parents' Guide to

Blackstone

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drama's worthy themes include frank depictions of addiction.

TV Hulu Drama 2014
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Blackstone is a pathbreaker

Amazing sandwich of some pretty trite film making combined with character development that goes way beyond what we've learnt from the masters including David Simon. Off hand I can't think of parallels except from Dickens. Bill Sikes and Andy Fraser. Also, Ron E Scott has a much deeper understanding of addiction and alcoholism than I have seen anywhere else. More: I see a patient compassionate exposition of seemingly modernised but actually unevolved aboriginals trying to make sense of and grapple with a changed world order they are not equipped to handle. I have seen this in other parts of the world in real life. But never like this on film and done so poignantly. Camera work and dialogues rise from the pits Season 2 onwards

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Some critics have described this award-winning independent drama as the "Canadian Sopranos." And, although the writing and acting aren't always on that scale, it's not an unfair comparison. One of the best things to say about Blackstone, however, is that it doesn't really compare to anything that's come before it. Thanks in large part to head writer Ron E. Scott, a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, the series is tackling long-overdue topics in a refreshingly honest way from the perspective of aboriginals.

Although adults make up the bulk of Blackstone's audience, kids are involved in many of the storylines, including a sobering rape and suicide, a child-abuse investigation, and scenes showing heavy recreational drug use and drinking. More mature teens will see characters' risky behavior as part of the cautionary tale they're meant to tell, but the only way you'll know for sure is to watch with them and talk about it.

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