A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages of art as activism, fighting for social equality, and advocacy for marginalized voices such as: female actresses of color, LGBTQ people, and other marginalized voices. There's also a positive social commentary on the possibilities of what can happen when a female rises to power. Showcases the power of positive interracial social interaction, the notion of fighting for your dreams, and fighting for what you truly believe in.
Positive Role Models
Raymond is dating interracially and not afraid to advocate for his black girlfriend, Camille. Archie is not afraid to fight for his dreams of being a screenwriter, though a black man in 1940's Tinseltown. Eleanor Roosevelt ws not afraid to use her platform to promote women's rights, nor was she afraid to advocate for a black actress. Avis is not afraid to be controversial, nor is she afraid to use her platform to support uplift other women. Camille endures and shows that as a black actress you do not have to play the dumb, stereotypical characters. Claire, though privileged is not ashamed to admit that a black actress is better, nor does she back down from being an advocate.
Violence & Scariness
There are some light brawls, but there's no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are lots of graphic sex scenes within this series. There's adultery and extramarital affairs, graphic sex scenes between characters of all genders. There's sexual content that includes: oral sex, sex, and sex parties. Breasts, penises, and buttocks are all shown on screen. There are scenes of women in lingerie, men walking around in the nude, and secret societies of influential people who use sex act as a form of blackmail. Prostitution and sexual blackmail are all present in this series.
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There's adult language throughout the series that includes: "cock", "d--k", "d--n", "f--k", "masturbation", "f--ked", "whore", and racial epithets such as "Jewie" and "Colored".
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Products & Purchases
There is a theme of compromise for the sake of success and money throughout.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's lots of adult drinking, cigarette smoking, as well as cigar smoking within the series. Adults drink in saloons, bars, and private homes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hollywood is a Netflix series created by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) that centers on a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood trying to make it big in Tinseltown in the 1940s. It's a raw depiction of what the outcome of history could have possibly been like if the voices of the marginalized had a true place at the table during a time when society and social norms were dictated by a homogenous, nearly impenetrable power structure. There are many graphic sex scenes that include: oral sex, sex, as well as sex parties among Hollywood's power-brokers and newcomers to the industry. Breasts, penises, and buttocks are visible. There's adultery, extramarital affairs, and prostitution. Language includes words such as "cock," "d--k," "whore," "f--k," and more. Racial epithets such as "Jewie" and "Colored" are also used. There are themes of activism, overcoming obstacles and adversity, and perseverance. Compromising on moral convictions for financial and career gain are major themes -- these compromises for the sake of "making it" are great talking points to discuss with older teens.
Is It Any Good?
Ryan Murphy's fast-paced, gripping, and raw series is also very well-cast. From veteran actress Patti Lupone ,who marvelously plays Avis Amberg, to newcomer Jeremy Pope who steps into the role of Archie Coleman with great conviction. The meticulous attention to set, prop, and costume design immediately transports viewers into the luxurious, glamour-filled post-war, Tinseltown days of old. In true Murphy fashion, Hollywood is provocative and in your face and often a rare depiction where the tables are turned and the voices of the marginalized are trumpeted, and rewrite history through the narrative. That said, the ugliness and oftentimes demeaning social norms among the elite in Hollywood are depicted brazenly, and the unspoken compromises that overshadow success inspire some in-depth thought about whether making it big in Hollywood is worth it.
Without being preachy, the series does an excellent job of highlighting the social and political climate during the 1940s, and sheds a light on the hardships of women of color in Hollywood, homophobia, life in the closet, privilege, and more. While there are too many graphic scenes for this to be considered appropriate for the whole family, there are many thematic topics such as compromise, integrity, racism, sexism and social activism that can be discussed with older teens. This series also does an effective job of paying homage to women who were trailblazers in Hollywood, like Dorothy Dandridge, Hattie McDaniel, Lena Horne, Anna May Wong and Irene Selznick.
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