A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters are frequently shown engaged in disturbing and often illegal behavior, but it's presented within the context of identifying and exploring social problems. The cast is made up of various races/ethnic backgrounds, but characters are often intolerant of one another.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent arguments between characters. Lots of guns and knives; people are shown getting shot, and bloody gunshot wounds are visible. Police officers are shown using excessive violence; a police officer is hired to act as a "hit man" for community leaders. Car crashes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo and male and female nudity -- including bare breasts, buttocks, and brief images of male genitals. Lots of verbal and visual references to various sexual acts. Male police officers are shown sexually harassing women.
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Strong, uncensored language, including frequent use of "f--k." Also contains racial slurs, including the "N" word.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional conversations about wealth/money and how to get it.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible consumption of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series, like the 2006 Oscar-winning movie that inspired it, is intended for mature audiences. It explores complex social problems like racial tension and police corruption, and much of the characters' inappropriate behavior is meant to be examined within this intricate context. Language is strong and uncensored ("f--k," "s--t"), and racist epithets (including the "N" word) are used frequently. Shootings, stabbings, and other violent acts are visible; alcohol consumption and drug use (marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills) are frequent; and there's lots of sexual talk and even some partial nudity.
Is It Any Good?
Thanks to the ever-present undercurrent of intolerance that pervades every story line, CRASH is a gritty, intense viewing experience. Most of the characters are simultaneously likable and despicable as they cope with others' prejudices while also imposing their own ignorance and bigotry. While watching this endless cycle of destructive and immoral activities can become almost too arduous, the characters' behavior is presented as both the cause and result of the complex relationships and power differentials that have emerged between communities defined by race, class, and gender.
Crash is challenging series, but it's also both intelligent and well written. What makes it compelling is the way that each narrative seamlessly collides with the others and the gradual transformation of characters from multicultural caricatures to multifaceted individuals. Mature viewers looking for a vigorous viewing experience will definitely find it, but a lot of the show's content -- which includes nudity, strong language, racist epithets, and violence -- makes it inappropriate for kids.
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