A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though there are clear, historical good guys and bad guys, Das Boot is more interested in the human drama of the French resistance, rather than the ethics of it.
Positive Role Models
Das Boot spends a lot of time humanizing the German army during World War II without necessarily putting them into historical context. Presumably the actions of the French resistance will ultimately pay off on the show, but for the most part you need context to know who the actual role models are.
Violence & Scariness
A wartime historical drama, Das Boot features the violence of war and many casualties. Men and women are frequently killed with guns, including one by a firing squad, and there are scenes where the German army tortures a prisoner.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lot of sexual content, including female nudity and simulated sex.
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Some profanity, which also shows up in the subtitles: "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and sometimes smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Das Boot is a mostly subtitled historical drama set during World War II about the German army and French resistance. The show is a sequel to the 1981 German film of the same name, and uses some of the same source material to expand the story. The show does require some historical context, but can be enjoyed without having seen the film. Alongside adult themes such as the complexities of war, Das Boot features female nudity, simulated sex, and war violence that includes rape. Profanity includes "s--t" and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
The subject of the French resistance in World War II is ripe for a new audience, both because of its inherently dramatic stories of high-stakes espionage and because of how often the events of the war come up in contemporary political discussion. Das Boot is demanding of its viewers--in addition to the subtitles and deep cast to keep track of, it moves at a slow, steady, submarine's pace -- but, like other recent historical dramas like Chernobyl or Catch-22, it promises a similar dramatic (and relevant) payoff.
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