A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about making ethical choices, pursuing the truth, and standing up for oneself and others.
Positive Role Models
Characters display determination, bravery, inquisitiveness, and compassion.
Does feature a racially diverse cast and has some superficial conversations about race and privilege, but limited depth.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence is shown frequently but is mostly played for comedy. Someone is shown being shot through the back of the head, someone intentionally rams their car into another car, swords and other weapons are shown, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual content, including discussion about sex and some sexual innuendo.
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Profanity is used throughout: the "f" word, "s--t," "bitch," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking alcohol, vaping, and doing drugs, including cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Guilty Party is a comedy-drama about a disgraced journalist who tries to redeem herself by reporting on the story of a wrongfully imprisoned woman. The series follows the familiar premise of a protagonist who investigates a crime that turns out to be bigger and more complex than she could have ever imagined. Violence is shown throughout the series (a character is shot through the back of the head in the opening scene) but is typically played for comedic effect. Drug use is also prominently featured, including scenes where characters use cocaine. The series attempts to layer in themes about the penal system and racial inequality, but mostly uses them is a superficial way.
Is It Any Good?
This series leans toward the funny end of the spectrum of the "amateur detective who gets in over their head" premise, but it also tends to use that comedy to cover up the shakier aspects of the writing. For example, it's supposed to be about an accomplished journalist, yet in most scenes Beckinsale's character appears to know nothing about research, investigation, or journalistic ethics. So it's no surprise that, when Guilty Party attempts to wade into more complex topics like prison and racial inequality, it also doesn't know how to get any deeper than surface level.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.