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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers a mostly objective history of the Cosa Nostra and its deterioration since the 1970s thanks to the efforts of law enforcement. The organization isn't glorified, but its sophistication is noted.
Positive Role Models
Criminal acts were/are motivated by greed. Former mobsters sometimes appear proud of what they've done -- including murder and theft -- and/or find humor in it.
Violence & Scariness
Former mobsters describe the violent acts they committed, including holding up banks at gunpoint, slicing a person's genitals, executing people, etc. Archival news footage sometimes contain bloody images of murder victims; reenactments often feature punching, knife fights, gunfire, and blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Men are sometimes shown in their boxer shorts. Prostitution is sometimes alluded to; archive footage sometimes shows women soliciting customers.
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Words like "piss" are audible. Words like "f--k" and "s--t" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, champagne, and hard alcohol consumption is visible during reenactments and in archival footage. Drug crimes are discussed. Cigarette and cigar smoking sometimes visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inside the American Mob discusses the history of organized crime in America. Not surprisingly, it contains lots of mature themes (drugs, prostitution, corruption, etc.) and violent content, ranging from guns being shot during reenactments to descriptions of murders and bloody news footage of murder victims. There's some salty language and drinking during reenactments, too. Most of this is offered in an informative context, but it's not really meant for kids or geared towards younger teens.
Is It Any Good?
Inside the American Mob reveals how the American mob, which was at its peak of power in the 1970s, went from being a group of localized Italian-American street gangs to a nationwide criminal organization involved in everything from labor unions and government agencies to prostitution and drugs. It also reveals some of the cultural dynamics of the organization, which has its own rituals, language, and a code of ethics by which its members are expected to live.
It contains a lot of fascinating details about the mob and the families who run it. But despite being offered within context, many of the narratives, which include stories about parents putting hits out on their children and the murder of friends, are extremely disturbing, especially when they are told with humor and/or with little regret by those who committed the crimes. Much of the featured archival footage is pretty bloody, too. Nonetheless, those interested in the topic will definitely find it worth watching.
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