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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Racism, Black Power, radicalism in 1970s London are addressed.
Positive Role Models
Some activists are more extreme than others.
Violence & Scariness
Guns, shootings, killings, mob violence, brutal beatings; blood visible. Sexual assault.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Illicit relationships. Crude references to genitalia ("c--t").
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"S--t," "f-ck," the N-word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking (beer, hard liquor), some smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Guerrilla is a fictional series that explores the real-life history of the United Kingdom's Black Power Movement during the 1970s. It contains mature themes, ranging from institutional racism and political radicalization to romances and illicit affairs. Shootings, beatings, and events that amount to terrorism are frequent, and a sexual assault is also shown. There's cursing, and some drinking, too.
Is It Any Good?
This dramatic series offers both a glorified and painful look at the Black Power Movement in the United Kingdom during the politically volatile 1970s. It explores the kind of institutional injustices and cultural attitudes that motivated the radicalization of communities of the time, including Black, Indian, Irish, and White African racial and ethnic groups. But it awkwardly weaves this around Marcus and Jas' relationship, as well as other key characters' backstories. Meanwhile, the choppy introduction of multiple characters and resistance groups into the narrative often makes it difficult to follow.
Guerrilla does succeed at showing how complicated and chaotic this chapter in British history is. However, while it offers a realistic portrayal of the ruthless violence employed by law enforcement and nationalists, its characterization of the actual Movement in the United Kingdom, which was mostly an intellectual one, makes its groundbreaking work appear more more violent than it really was. Taking this creative license serves to underscore how government and law enforcement characterized them, and, of course, heighten the drama. But it also paints a picture that isn't very accurate.
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