A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series attempts to shine a light on how specific illegal subcultures function, what helps them thrive, and the overall efforts being made to stop them from engaging in specific acts.
Positive Role Models
Reporters work had to cover stories that are important, if titillating. They often attempt to commit illegal acts as part of their investigations, and they put themselves in danger to get the story.
Violence & Scariness
Violent crimes are discussed; footage of bloody murder scenes and the slaughter of animals is also visible. The sale of illegal weapons is a topic in one episode; M-16s and other assault weapons are discussed and fired. The reporting duo is constantly concerned about their safety while undercover.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One episode specifically looks at the sex trade. Includes scenes of folks discussing specific sexual acts and negotiating deals.
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Words like "crap" are audible; curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Apple computers are visible. Restaurants like McDonald's and Taco Bell are sometimes discussed/are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug manufacturing, smuggling, and use is discussed. Images of various illegal narcotics, ranging from marijuana and cocaine to synthetic drugs like bath salts. The relationship between the drug trade and other crimes is discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inside: Secret America is an investigative undercover docuseries that touches on some mature topics, like the sex trade, the illegal drug trade, and animal cruelty. The series contains images of bloody murder scenes and animals being slaughtered, and conversations about violent crimes, sex acts, etc., but they are offered in an investigative context. The featured journalists sometimes engage in illegal activities (like buying unlicensed guns) as part of their research. It has some strong vocab, too.
Is It Any Good?
Inside: Secret America offers an interesting look at a variety of industries that have become part of a covert subculture as a result of laws and cultural factors that impact the way people think about their activities. It also shows some of the many ways investigative journalists go about researching their stories, and the process by which they go undercover to find information that wouldn't be available to them any other way.
The topics are interesting, and the voyeuristic nature of the work adds to the series' overall entertainment value. But some of the episodes address issues that have already been featured on shows like Frontline and 60 Minutes, and explored at-length by TV journalists like Lisa Ling. The result is a docuseries that explores things that aren't that secret, and that is as much about the reporters as it is about the subjects they are reporting on.
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