A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Many positive messages about friendship, activism, and supporting one another through crisis.
Positive Role Models
Takes place in a close-knit gay community in London in the 1980s as they struggle through the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Explores how prejudices exacerbated the health epidemic, how marginalized communities may receive lower-quality health care. Characters care for each other, find joy in life and friendship.
Violence & Scariness
Some forms of abuse are seen, including sexual harassment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is a major part of the show, depicting how the AIDS epidemic began and spread within small communities. Simulated sex is shown frequently, with some male nudity. Sex is also often described and joked about.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "piss," "slut," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol throughout, and many scenes take place in a bar. Drug use is talked about but not shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It's a Sin is a series about a small community of friends experiencing the AIDS epidemic in 1980s and '90s London. The show focuses on community, specifically the marginalized gay community in 1980s London, exploring what draws people to these small communities, how they can provide a family for those without one, and how the members of a community can support one another through crisis. The series also draws parallels between the AIDS epidemic and the coronavirus pandemic, especially in terms of how information is disseminated and interpreted, and how misinformation can directly affect people's experiences with the disease. In depicting the spread of AIDS, sex is a major part of the plot and subject matter. Simulated sex is shown frequently, some male nudity is seen, and some characters make choices to have unprotected sex. Alcohol use includes many scenes that take place in a bar, and drug use is sometimes described by characters. Though it's frank and graphic in its depiction of the AIDS epidemic, It's a Sin is also often a joyous and entertaining series, mixing music and comedy throughout in order to show all the ways in which the close-knit community provides for one another.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-producer Russell T. Davies has quickly become one of the most significant voices in television, with the rare ability to absorb and respond to culture in real time. 2019's Years and Years explored how technology affects people in ways they're not psychologically prepared for, and it's not difficult to draw parallels between It's a Sin's depiction of the AIDS epidemic in London and the way America and Britain have responded to the coronavirus pandemic.
But while Years and Years was often difficult to watch, It's a Sin, for all of its frank depictions of disease and prejudice, is often a lot of fun. Davies keeps the series focused on community: how surrogate families can offer strength and support through crisis and tragedy, but also how communities can help otherwise marginalized people find a sense of identity and joy in togetherness.
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