A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive Role Models
The members of Run DMC showcase grit and courage as they band together to create a group that defines hip-hop for generations. Their perseverance led them to the top of the music charts. However they also faced hardships and tragedies that led to the group disbanding.
The docuseries focuses exclusively on Black American experiences, particularly around growing up in the late 1970s and early '80s in New York City. The series also focuses on how hip-hop reflected broader issues in Black American society, such as White flight, poverty, neighborhoods flooded with drugs, etc.
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Violence & Scariness
Descriptions of violence, including murder. One person to note in this section is Russell Simmons, the brother of Joseph Simmons, aka Reverend Run. Russell Simmons does have a legacy in hip-hop, but he has been accused of various sexual abuse acts. As a result he moved to Bali, Indonesia, which has no extradition treaty to the U.S. He's interviewed for this docuseries because of his proximity to Run DMC, but it's important to know Simmons' backstory to understand why some might deem it controversial for him to be a part of the series.
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Swear words include "f---ing," "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of products Run DMC promoted during their career, such as Adidas.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Descriptions of drugs and drug use, particularly surrounding the drugs infiltrating New York neighborhoods during the 1980s.
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Parents Need to Know
Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story is a docuseries about the rise and legacy of pioneering hip-hop group Run DMC. The series includes discussion about racial and social issues, such as White flight, poverty, and "the war on drugs." It also features positive themes of courage, perseverance, and teamwork.
Is It Any Good?
This is a great docuseries for Black History Month viewing or any time that music fans want to delve into the ins, outs, and influences of the pioneering group. Kings From Queens: The Run DMC Story focuses on the group's experiences from the surviving members, Simmons and McDaniels, as well as from their contemporaries, including rappers and other notables in the hip-hop world. As a whole it brings more context to how and why Run DMC were able to rise to the top of the music industry and influence generations of rappers and rap fans.
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