A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It offers a fictitious account of the last years of Catherine The Great's reign. Power, loyalty, and deceit are all themes.
Positive Role Models
Catherine can be a cruel ruler, but tries to be a humanitarian and improve the well-being of her country. She is strong, intelligent, and open about her sexuality. While she has confidants and love interests, few people in her court can be trusted.
Violence & Scariness
Shootings, hangings, beheadings, etc. are all visible. Yelling and arguing is frequent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including simulated sex acts and nudity.
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Cursing is audible from time to time.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking is visible, whether it be over meals or during meetings.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the HBO docudrama Catherine The Great is an adult-oriented historical biopic that contains lots of mature themes. It features very strong sexual innuendo, including nudity and simulated sex acts. There's also a lot of violence, ranging from arguing, yelling, and insult hurling, to scenes featuring assaults, beheadings, and shootings. Curses are audible, too. Drinking (vodka, wine, etc.) and smoking is frequently visible.
Is It Any Good?
The dramatic biopic of one of Russia's greatest historical figures offers lots of richly detailed sets and costumes. But despite the visual splendor, Catherine The Great fails to deliver an authentic narrative. Helen Mirren's powerful performance, which underscores the challenges the Empress faced both as a powerful political figure and as a woman who does not embody patriarchal ideals, manages to keep the story going. But there is a lack of chemistry among the cast, which makes it hard to invest in the characters and commit to the overall series. Those who like historical dramas may find it entertaining enough to watch, but it just doesn't rise to a royal occasion.
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