Hustle

Common Sense Media says

Classy British con series is great, for grown ups.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters, who are enormously appealing, are criminals ... who prey on bad guys. Cast members are black and white, with one female on the team.

Violence

Not much violence for a crime-oriented show, but there's the occasional punch in the face.

Sex

Women sometimes appear wearing very little and are in provocative situations. One scene includes a shot from a porno and stops just short of exposing a female actress' bust.

Language

Some profanity, but with the British accents, it can be hard to interpret. "Bloody hell" and the like are frequent.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frequent alcohol consumption. Occasional cigar smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, at its core, this lighthearted British crime-caper series is all about dishonesty. It glamorizes con jobs, and the appealing characters are all greedy criminals (though they do target bad guys). Plenty of scenes set in bars mean there's lots of drinking, and the group's lone female member often uses her sexiness to distract a mark. Other women also show up in skimpy clothes, and some scenes feature intense kissing and mild groping.

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What's the story?

In HUSTLE, a motley group of classy British grifters scams the greedy, the dishonest, and the mean with elaborate schemes involving both classic and innovative deceptions. With its lighthearted take on crime, the series evokes 1960s caper films and the more modern Ocean's Eleven franchise. The sexy, smart, charming scammers include veteran Albert Stroller (Robert Vaughn), whose elite air allows him easy access to society's upper echelons of society; Stacie Monroe (Jaime Murray), the sly "lure" who entraps many a lustful gentleman; and Danny Blue (Marc Warren), who's supposedly the leader of the group, though his overblown ego and propensity for the ladies lessens his authority. The cast also includes the enormously talented Robert Glenister (Prime Suspect), Adrian Lester (Primary Colors), and newcomer Ashley Walters. Episodes followthe development and execution of long cons, while also building on the group's relationships with each other.

Is it any good?

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The criminal aspect is treated lightly -- violence is rare, and the group's marks are always dishonest. For example, in one episode, the team sets up a greedy racehorse owner (who also directs adult films), selling him a bunk horse for £100,000. The team members realize they've been duped when the owner writes a clause into the contract requiring the horse to win a race before he pays up. An elaborate switcheroo ensues -- which ultimately fails when celebratory champagne squirted on the horse causes its camouflage paint to come off.

With several twists and turns in each episode, this slick, blithe crime show is loads of fun to watch. But the show is designed with adults in mind, and frequent sexual scenarios and scenes set in bars mean it's not a great fit for younger viewers. And even teens who can handle those elements might get confusing messages about right and wrong thanks to the show's inherent glamorization of crime.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how TV shows and movies portray criminals and con artists. Do they tend to make lawbreaking characters appealing? Why? What makes these characters charismatic? Does it matter to you that the characters are stealing, deceiving, or otherwise being dishonest? Why or why not? Does looking at things from the criminals' perspective affect the way you look at the real world? How?

TV details

Cast:Jaime Murray, Philip Glenister, Robert Vaughn
Network:AMC
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD

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Kid, 11 years old January 1, 2014
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9
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Amazing show, but NOT for under 9 yrs old and under.

I think Hustle is an AMAZING show, completely original and grasps the watcher. I couldn't stop watching it. It has: Violence- Some mild to strong violence. Violence includes gun shootings, gang beatings and fistfights. Most fights are not gory, but there are exceptions because sometimes when a character get's shot there might be a blood spurt, etc, etc. Violence is infrequent though. 6/10 for violence. Language- Lot's of british slang that American's might not know. This includes a LOT of the use of 'sh*g', 'sh*t,' 'cr*p,' and 'b*stard.' The f word is said once, in a heated argument. Language is frequent, but all 10 year olds know the words anyways! 7/10 for language just because the language is frequent. Drugs, Drinking & Smoking- Many characters smoke and drink because in nearly every episode, they drink beer & whiskey at Eddie's bar. Some cons involve acting drunk, which is funny but iffy. 4/10 for drugs, drinking & smoking. Sex- There are LOTS, and i mean LOTS of very mild innuendos. All the innuendos are very mild, and would be allowed in a PG rated movie. But it is so frequent. There may be some moderate to strong sex references, but not very often. If there are, it comes from Danny Blue. Danny Blue is very foul-mouthed, and talks about 'sh*gging' ladies. There are references to lesbians quite frequently too. Also can feature nudity. In one episode, you see Danny's and Mickeys bottom clearly, and at one point, you can very briefly see their penis. This is comedic, though. 7/10 for sex because it is frequent. Overall- 23/40. Not suitable for under 10's. If Hustle were a movie, it would be rated R for infrequent bloody violence, language, strong crude humour & brief nudity, but if you removed the one or two iffy episodes, it would be PG-13 for infrequent bloody violence, language, mild crude humour & brief nudity
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byMAtch36912 September 1, 2013
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12
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Hustle

Violence: In the first episode, there is already blood splattered all over a car's windshield, although it is later explained to be fake. The characters punch each other in the face multiple times, and guns are drawn sometimes. Language: The ESRB would say Language. Some cuss words can be heard. can be heard. Sex: One episode's mark is a pimp. Furthermore, the female hustler often flirts with marks to get them to fall into the traps. She also flirts with the other members of the team and fakes sex with another hustler. Drinking, Drugs, and Smoking: Several scenes take place in bars. During the music video, a classic 1930's "godfather" type silhouette is seen smoking a cigar, but the detail is minimal, however, cigarette smoking is depicted absently. Positive Role Models: Don't get me wrong here, but the characters only rip off rich, greedy, evil marks. In one episode, the mark is said to have lost all of his money, but the hustler who ripped him off is scolded and at the end of the episode, the mark is given back 7 times the money he lost, and it is depicted as a joyful moment. Quality: Very good show, but it does have the content listed above. It is very fake, however.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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