A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's made clear that Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta were committing crimes, but it also highlights the money that can be made and the lifestyles that can be lived if you're good at the job. The violence, corruption, and negative impact associated with the trade is downplayed.
Positive Role Models
Drug associates express limited regret for their past actions, while others express bitterness for law enforcement. Some talk about their loyalty to Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta, while others end up being government informants and witnesses.
Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta are first-generation immigrants from Cuba. The majority of people involved with the organization are Latino (and some self-identify as Cuban). Some women played major roles in what transpired.
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Violence & Scariness
Conversations about people being shot and murdered, and on occasion archive news footage features bloody scenes and covered dead bodies. Alleged hits on witnesses is a major theme. Sexual violence is also discussed; most of this violence is downplayed, however.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Conversations include descriptions of dating, as well as sexual escapades with multiple women.
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Words like "goddamn" and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are used.
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Products & Purchases
Images of Rolls-Royces, expensive speedboats, and other luxury vehicles, all of which are shown as part of the benefits of selling drugs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People talk about drinking, being drunk, and doing drugs, along with their role in the drug dealing business. Alcohol, cigarette smoking, and in one episode, a blunt is visible. Large cocaine cargoes are shown, and there are flashes of it being snorted. Anti-drug PSAs from the '80s feature vials of crack. All of this is offered within the context of the story.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami is a documentary series about about the rise and fall of two powerful Miami drug kingpins between the 1970s and 1990s. As is common with narco-themed series, it features lots of archive footage of drug cargo (namely cocaine), and simulated images of drug use. There's strong sex talk, cursing, and images of people drinking, too. Despite conversations about people being shot and murdered, and archive news footage that features bloody scenes, the violence and damage associated with the drug wars are downplayed. Pitbull performs the series' theme song, which is about cocaine.
Is It Any Good?
The interesting six-part docuseries chronicles how Willy Falcon and Sal Magluta's became some of most powerful narco-traffickers of all time. But while it offers lots of details about how their empire was run, their dealings with seemingly inept law enforcement, and the legal antics that followed their arrests, the real draw to Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami are the upbeat interviews with some of the colorful former members of the organization. As these business associates and romantic partners (including Real Housewives of Miami cast member Alexia Echevarria) detail the events that transpired, they share candid, sometimes surprisingly upbeat narratives that highlight what the experience was like.
The cast's stories are engaging, and fans of narco-themed TV will find it worth the watch. But others will find it problematic that the drug trade and the role these folks had in it are romanticized. Much is made about the fact that Falcon and Magluta, as well as their network of wing men, were very young when they entered the business; they viewed what they were doing as "having fun" vs. committing major state and federal crimes. Furthermore, while it highlights the legal consequences of their actions, the harm done to the victims of their crimes is severely downplayed. This approach makes for some good TV entertainment, but fails to tell the whole story.
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