A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Scandinavian myth, human trafficking, and vengeance are some of the themes featured here.
Positive Role Models
Miu is quiet and her powers undefined; many of the people Miu interacts with are thugs and criminals from the underworld. Nicklas is violent, ruthless, and his family has vampire-like qualities.
The cast features men and women from Eastern Europe, Denmark, and other countries.
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Violence & Scariness
Brutal violence, including being people assaulted, strangled, and stabbed. Human trafficking, sex work, and sexual violence are themes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual content, including groping, BDSM, and simulated sex acts. Men and women in skimpy underwear and nudity (bare bottoms) is occasionally visible. Pregnancy, pornography, and related themes are discussed in some episodes. Crude references like "p---y" and "c--t" are audible and in the subtitles.
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Words like "bitch" and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are audible.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is often shown. Liquor is visible in some episodes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Copenhagen Cowboy is a Danish miniseries (available dubbed and subtitled in English) intended for older viewers. It features lots of criminal behavior, ranging from sex trafficking to murder, and lots of supernatural elements, including references to spirits and vampires. There's cursing, strong sexual innuendo (including simulated sex acts and partial nudity), and lots of cigarette smoking. Hard liquor is sometimes visible.
Is It Any Good?
The dark, noir-like thriller attempts to create suspense by slowly spinning a story anchored in the underworld and the supernatural. Nicolas Winding Refn fans will recognize the nods to his previous work and some of his signature storytelling styles, like using neon lighting, featuring extreme violence, and starting scenes with long stillnesses. But while the overall production is creative and interesting, Copenhagen Cowboy's narrative unfolds too slowly, leaving most of the reveal for the last episode. Meanwhile, the series is entrenched in Scandinavian mythology, making it difficult for those unfamiliar with the culture to fully understand or appreciate the significance of specific details. As a result, most viewers never get a real picture of Miu's powers, which makes it all that much harder to fully recognize who (or what) she is. It doesn't help that the show's title has nothing to do with tale being told. Those who enjoy Refn's work will want to tune in, but may not find it as good as his other work.
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