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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages are clear and upfront: the value of living honestly, the need for inner strength and support for loved ones, the empowerment that can come from following your own compass.
Positive Role Models
Chelsea and Hillary Clinton make confessions about their own lives and situations, and elicit honest commentary from subjects. We learn what makes interviewees do the things they do, and what gives them the strength to do so.
Many interviewees are people of color, including participants who are indigenous, Black, Latina, and multiracial. We learn how their ethnic and racial background impacts their experience.
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Violence & Scariness
In one episode, interviewees talk about crimes, including murder; expect details on the crime and an upsetting look at the grief experienced by those left behind.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect brief references to sex and sexuality.
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Language is infrequent but expect "f--k," "mother--ker," "s--t," "bitch," and "p---y."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some segments briefly show people with full glasses at bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gutsy is a series hosted by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton in which the pair interviews subjects who are making positive changes in the world. The tone of the series is uplifting and inspirational, and amount of mature subject matter largely depends on the topic of each episodes. For instance, the episode about women in humor contains the most frequent cursing ("f--k," "mother--ker," "s--t," "bitch," and "p---y"); while the episode about violence and forgiveness has the most references to violent crimes, including murder. Topics can be mature, as well as thoughtful: racism, domestic violence, menopause, body image, sexism. Nonetheless, positive message are clear and upfront, with participants who are positive role models.
Is It Any Good?
The two famous female Clintons are refreshingly game in this limited series that brings them into contact with interesting women making waves in their fields. In pursuit of more information (and more empathy) for subjects as disparate as Dr. Jane Goodall and Megan Thee Stallion, Chelsea and Hillary take a clowning class, rappel down the side of a mountain, and just sit and listen to their interviewees. The results are charming and uplifting, not the least because it's pretty fascinating to watch two women who have been famous (and polarizing) for three decades.
Hillary and Chelsea have a relaxed, easy interplay with each other (one enjoyable early moment involves the pair repeating family-favorite puns), and though the focus is on illuminating the lives of their subjects, sometimes a piece of their history emerges, as when Chelsea explains that she's sometimes had a contentious relationship with professional comedy as someone who was made fun of on SNL as an adolescent. How awful, how sad, and how brave, and yes, gutsy, for both Clintons, lightning rods for criticism themselves, to reveal themselves even a little bit in this aptly-named series.
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