A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family relationships, friends' loyalty, and authenticity in artistic creation are valued. Fito Páez's character follows his dreams with perseverance until they come true.
Positive Role Models
Fito is portrayed as a talented musician who's persistent and consistent in his artistic creation. He reflects his values and experiences in his musical compositions. Fito is loyal to his friends and partners and values his relationship with his family, who provide him with support and love. He overcomes the death of loved ones and transforms grief into art, instead of letting it foster resentment.
Most of the talent is of Argentine origin, both in front of and behind the cameras. The actors bear a strong physical resemblance to the people they portray, who are mostly White Latinos. One episode features Afro-Latinos in Cuba.
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Violence & Scariness
A child has a severe allergic reaction, but is saved. A character enters the sea and disappears for seconds until another character pulls him out of the water. Another character accidentally hits a glass door and is cut; there's blood, but it's not serious. There's a suggested situation of sexual violence as a woman is seen with bruises on her torso. The characters have outbursts of anger and some physical struggles. A double murder happens, and although the deaths are not shown on camera, the event deeply affects the characters.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The series begins with a scene of Fito Páez naked (not frontal), submerging himself in deep water and embracing himself in a fetal position. Shirtless men and women in underwear are seen. There are several scenes of romance, kisses, hugs, and caresses as a prelude to sex. Female buttocks are visible. Although nothing is shown, there is a scene where an underage boy enters the room of an older girl, suggesting a situation of child abuse.
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The characters incorporate swear words into their everyday language, but they don't use them excessively or with the intention of insulting others. The series features cursing in Spanish (with English subtitles available) using words such as "idiot, "s---t," and "f--k you."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The characters smoke (the series is set between the 1970s and '90s when smoking cigarettes was very common). Smoking is shown during rehearsals, work meetings, and social and intimate scenes. Characters drink alcohol and use drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, as well as antidepressants and sedatives like Xanax or clonazepam, often in excess. An underage character takes a sip of wine at the table with their family. One character drinks alcohol directly from the bottle. There are episodes where characters are seen on the verge of collapse due to drug or medication abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Families need to know that Love After Music is an Argentine series based on the life and musical career of Fito Páez, one of the most important figures of Spanish rock music. Páez follows his dreams with perseverance until they come true. He's loyal to his friends and partners and values his relationship with his family. He overcomes the death of loved ones and transforms pain into music. Expect that consumption of alcohol, drugs, and medication is frequent and sometimes excessive. There's romance, some sexual content, and suggested instances of sexual abuse of a minor. Shirtless men and women in underwear are shown. There are nude scenes, but no frontal nudity; women's buttocks are visible. The series features cursing in Spanish (with English subtitles available) using words such as "idiot," "s--t," and "f--k you," but generally as expressions and not to demean others. The characters experience bouts of anger and some physical struggles. A gunshot is heard, and a double murder occurs off-screen.
Is It Any Good?
This show's casting is a great achievement, as the actors have a striking resemblance to the real-life characters; the period setting is also well portrayed. Love After Music is a nostalgic journey for those who grew up enjoying Spanish rock. It tangentially showcases the Argentine dictatorship by highlighting some of the social restrictions that musicians faced with their bands, but the story doesn't delve into the characters' involvement with the country's political circumstances.
Love After Music portrays Fito Páez's close relationship with other Argentine musicians and reveals the inspiration behind several of his best-known compositions, as well as some intricacies of his concerts. Intimate episodes of the musician's life are also unveiled, which may be novel to his followers. Although the story addresses universal themes such as death, illness, and the complexities of the creative process, it often fails to transcend anecdotal moments to connect with those who are not followers of Spanish rock or Páez. As a result, some viewers who are unfamiliar with the musician may find the narrative tedious.
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