A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Blindspotting centers on difficult questions about systemic racism, gentrification, and sex work. Though not all of the characters exemplify behavior that we may expect from role models, every character's flaws are tested and discussed for the sake of improving as individuals and unifying as a family.
Positive Role Models
The cast of Blindspotting is diverse; the majority of the cast is Black or mixed race. In addition, creator-writers Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal are pulling from their personal experiences of growing up in the Oakland area.
Violence & Scariness
Physical altercations take place, but none involve characters being seriously injured. Guns are occasionally present, but they are not used onscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity is shown, and the major storyline of a core character, centers around sex work. Though generally treated as a serious matter, there are some crass jokes about body parts, intercourse, and masturbation.
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Adult language is frequent, including "f--k" and "s--t." The n-word is used frequently in casual conversation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many characters use drugs, most prominently marijuana. It is not clear if all of the characters who do this are of legal age for recreational use. Though negative consequences are not always discussed, multiple characters have been arrested and spent time in prison for possession of drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blindspotting is a family dramedy based on the 2018 film of the same title written by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal. The story follows Miles' (Rafael Casal) girlfriend, Ashley Rose (Jasmine Cephas Jones), and their son, Sean, as they recover from the damage caused to their family when Miles is arrested for drug possession and sentenced to almost five years in jail. Similar to the film, Blindspotting uses genre-bending devices such as spoken-word poetry and music/dance sequences as accompaniments to its stories about systemic racism and gentrification. Blindspotting contains frequent strong language ("s--t," "f--k"), nudity, and sexual situations, including jokes about masturbation and body parts. One core character's storyline center around sex work. Many characters use drugs, most prominently marijuana, and it is unclear whether all of them are of legal age to do so.
Is It Any Good?
While this show has brilliant moments and sequences, it struggles with blending the risky creative choices that made the original movie a standout with a more traditional television format. Blindspotting ends up with a disjointed narrative that jarringly jumps from scene to scene. While one moment can be emotionally moving and poetic, the next will be too self-aware, using sitcom-style dialogue perhaps to remind the audience that this is not like any show they've seen before. The premise for blending these styles sounds promising, but Blindspotting often doesn't feel like two styles blended together; instead it's like three or four totally different shows forcibly asserting that they are one.
Blindspotting does, however, have compelling individual storylines and effective relationship building. The performances of Jasmine Cephas Jones and Helen Hunt are fantastic; every scene between Ashley and Rainey is at once hilarious, emotionally genuine, and relatable. Another highlight is the relationship between Ashley's childhood friend Janelle and Earl, a tenant living with Janelle and her mother. The two are scene-stealers by themselves, especially when acting as babysitters to Ashley's son Sean, but the episode where we get a major storyline about Janelle and Earl's growing friendship spotlights how well anthology-like ensemble storytelling can work. Unfortunately, it isn't too long before an out-of-place dance sequence shifts the attention to the backstory of the two main characters in the film version of Blindspotting -- Miles and Collin -- even though Collin doesn't appear in the television version at all. Overall, while the representation of real, important stories creates a unique narrative world, it's possible that viewers who are attached to the cohesiveness and continuity that television traditionally provides may not stick around long enough to understand it.
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