A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Isabel is a biographical drama about finding one's creative voice and making fulfilling choices in work and family life.
Positive Role Models
Isabel is creative, expressive, determined, and willful.
Violence & Scariness
Isabel contains some political violence, but on-screen violence is typically restrained. Political demonstrations are shown, and Isabel's children are kidnapped at one point.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Isabel's sex life is a major focus of the series. She writes columns about sex and extramarital affairs, and her relationships are a major part of the plot. Sexual content includes discussion of sex and some bedroom scenes.
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Mild profanity is sometimes used: "s--t," "damn," "hell," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Series is based on the life of a famous author.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen drinking socially and sometimes smoking cigarettes. No drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Isabel: The Intimate Story of Isabel Allende is a biographical drama about the popular Chilean author Isabel Allende. The story focuses on how her writing career began and how her success influenced her personal life. Thanks to her journalism, Allende has some involvement in Chilean politics, and some political violence is part of the plot. However, on-screen violence is restrained and not much is shown. The series focuses more on Allende's relationships and (as the title implies) her intimate life. Sex is a frequent topic in Allende's writing, but sexual content is limited to discussion and some clothed bedroom scenes. Mild profanity is sometimes used and includes "s--t," "damn," "hell," etc.
Is It Any Good?
Biographical films and series often crumble under the burden of having to produce something that is not only believable and dramatic, but accurate to real life. Isabel is well-made and well-acted (though the English dubbing makes it feel more like a Studio Ghibli than a serious drama), but its depiction of real life comes off as cliched. The series finds Allende struggling to balance work with family, embracing feminism, and discovering herself. In other words, it follows the same outline of a ton of other biopics, without giving viewers a real idea of what makes Allende or her work unique.
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