A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This docuseries sends the powerful, explicit message that women can make waves in the world, and that sexism and gender discrimination is something worth fighting against. Clinton demonstrates integrity and perseverance in the way she stands up to criticism and keeps going. "We get knocked around, but have to pull ourselves together and keep moving forward," she says.
Positive Role Models
Clinton emerges as a powerful role model who overcame societal restrictions and personal setbacks to become a major political figure. This narrative spans the years from 1948 to 2019, showing Clinton develop from a conscientious young student to an iconic figure who's made a huge impact on the world.
Violence & Scariness
Violence occasionally shows up in historical footage, like images of people scuffling with police during marches in the Civil Rights movement, and at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention where protests against the Vietnam War turned volatile.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hillary's husband Bill had a famous extramarital affair, and the discussion around it gets graphic, centering on bodily fluid stains and sex in the Oval Office.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hillary is a four-episode docuseries about Hillary Rodham Clinton's rise from obscurity to become Secretary of State and come as close as any woman ever has to being elected President of the United States. There's little in the way of potentially objectionable content, although the episode that deals with Bill Clinton's scandalous and hushed-up affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky can get graphic in its details about body fluid stains and sexual contact that occurred in the White House (though the focus is on the fallout for Hillary Clinton). There's also a small amount of violence shown in footage of the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the Civil Rights Movement, including marchers holding racist signs and protestors scuffling with police. Otherwise, this series sends powerful messages about a woman who's shown impressive integrity and perseverance in standing up to sexism, scandal, and public vilification.
Is It Any Good?
Jumping back and forth in time from her rabble-rousing student years to her groundbreaking 2016 Presidential bid, this docuseries is an affectionate and clear-eyed portrait of the first woman President who almost was. Hillary's thesis statement is found close to the beginning of the limited series, when the subject addresses the camera to imagine what a fitting headstone might read upon her passing: "She's neither as good, nor as bad, as people say." But though Hillary makes a decided case for the latter statement -- the email server kerfuffle that many say tanked her Presidential campaign is investigated early, and more or less dismissed as a bunch of trumped-up partisan nonsense -- the featured interviewees seem to hold uniformly high opinions of her. From former classmates to political officials to reporters, up to and including her husband, former President Bill Clinton, she is clearly held in the upmost regard by many in her professional and personal circles.
Viewers who mainly see Hillary Clinton as an elder politico will get a kick out of Hillary's first episode, which looks in on Clinton's years at Wellesley and Yale, where she was one of only 27 women in the law school. In vintage photos and video -- including a priceless glimpse of Clinton at the Watergate hearings -- her wild '60s getups and Coke bottle glasses are an amazing contrast to her famous modern sleek pantsuits, helping the viewer grasp the origins of Clinton's moderate-progressive political leanings. The next episodes, in which we traverse Clinton's bumpy introduction to the American public as First Lady, and delve into the "Zippergate" scandal of the late '90s, are more emotional and painful. But the last episode, which revolves around Clinton's time in the Senate and her emergence as the Democratic candidate for the 2016 election, is even more difficult to watch. Even as Clinton's ambitions were crushed, so was a significant part of the electorate, igniting a rage and hurt that still lingers for many. Hillary Clinton's detractors are unlikely to watch this lovely docuseries, and that's a shame, because the real woman it uncovers is something to behold.
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