A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is intended to provide thorough coverage of all aspects of a particular issue. Many of the stories focus on the plight of the underserved, as well as bringing attention to controversial issues of our era -- including AIDS, abortion, and sexism. Multiple points of view are presented.
Positive Role Models
The reporters featured on the show are some of the best in the business and are seen asking tough questions and getting to the bottom of important stories. But they're not the focus of the stories. Instead, viewers will see examples of people who have done things both very wrong, and very right.
Violence & Scariness
Some episodes discuss violent events, such as war, terrorism, and rebellion. The accompanying images can be harrowing, but there's no active violence, per se.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the installments discuss issues of a sexual nature (sex-slave trade, etc.). These discussions are presented as informational content.
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Occasional mild language, such as "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products are sometimes visible as part of the documentation of events. Addiction and drug/alcohol-related deaths are sometimes discussed. Use of legal and illegal narcotics, such as treatments for AIDS and cancer, are also talked about.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this news documentary series provides thoughtful, provocative insight on current events as a way of raising public awareness of contemporary issues. While the series overall is educational, some installments include in-depth interviews and video footage that may be too strong for younger viewers. (Of course, chances are that most kids -- including plenty of teens -- won't really be clamoring to see a news-focused series anyway.)
Is It Any Good?
The winner of many major journalism awards -- including a Peabody for excellence in TV broadcasting -- Frontline stands out among other prime-time programs of this genre thanks to its in-depth research, solid reporting, and strong narrative. As a result of the producers' commitment to journalistic excellence, the series offers unflinching examinations of different, often-conflicting viewpoints, allowing viewers to experience for themselves the complexity of many of life's multifaceted events.
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