A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Racism and police corruption are central themes. Family love and support is also an important theme.
Positive Role Models
Rayshawn is an Iraq War veteran who insists that he's innocent. Lt. Poincy attempts to work with Rayshawn to protect him and his family, but other members of law enforcement are not as sympathetic.
Violence & Scariness
A man is accused of killing a police officer. Car chases, shootings, and breaking down doors are all visible. Guns are shown and characters are shot at.
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Profanity is frequent and includes "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Instagram is central to the story. An iPhone is shown, but the logo is not made obvious. Lots of Ford trucks visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A setup involving drugs is at the heart of the matter.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that #FreeRayshawn is about a young Black Iraq War veteran who's wanted for killing a police officer. The show chronicles his subsequent attempt to argue his innocence while facing down a New Orleans SWAT team. Racism and corruption are main themes, as is the love and support of family. Car and foot chases, shootings, and other violent moments are frequent. A drug deal is discussed, and there's lots of profanity, which includes "s--t" and "f--k." The use of social media, particularly Instagram, is central to the story.
Is It Any Good?
This dramatic, tension-filled series tells the fictional story of one man's efforts to save himself from a racially corrupt criminal justice system. Rayshawn's experience as a frightened Black man who is trying to prove his innocence to a system that is already stacked against him highlights some of the real-life accusations faced by the New Orleans police department. But while it sends a clear political message -- and despite the impact of social media on the events of the harrowing day -- the overall story doesn't feel particularly new. Nonetheless, #FreeRayshawn is well-produced and well-acted, and offers some binge-worthy entertainment for those who like crime dramas.
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