Parents' Guide to

Boardwalk Empire

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent, mature Prohibition gangster drama is for adults.

TV HBO Drama 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

Drama about selling alcohol

I have seen boardwalk empire a few times and I was not a fan of it. This show is for adults only. There is a lot of graphic violence . There is domestic violence with people getting beat up with a lot of blood shown . People get shot in the head on screen and you could see a lot of spurting blood . I find it disturbing personally . Dead people are also shown. Some scenes feature people haveing loud sex with nudity shown . There is a lot of smoking and drinking in the show which is accurate for its time period. There is a lot of unbleeped swearing . The show uses swear words like ****r, ***k and **********er

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

No sane, responsible parent would let any 12-year-old child watch this.

No sane, responsible parent would let any 12-year-old child watch this. Not one.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Boardwalk Empire revolves around Thompson, and Buscemi, as always, makes the character fascinating to watch. But Thompson, a mob boss with a soft side, isn't an especially novel character. We've seen men like this many times before, who will brutally beat up a man who shows disrespect but stop to show kindness to people in need. The action in this show comes from the side deals, as Thompson's rival and underlings jostle for a piece of the action. For Scorcese and Terrance Winter, a veteran Sopranos scriptwriter, this kind of plotting is irresistible -- these are men who know how to bring gangsters to the screen.

Nucky's driver, Jimmy (Michael Pitt), offers some of the more interesting scheming. Recently returned from World War I, he's eager to make up for his years wasted in the trenches and is always looking for ways to get ahead. His sometime partner-in-crime is another hoodlum trying to get ahead, a young Al Capone who sometimes drives in from Chicago. But these are just some of the many stories that weave through the series. Perhaps the real story is Atlantic City, so very carefully reconstructed here to show off a unique time and place.

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