A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Lupin is an odd sort of revenge story at heart, in which the main character uses illegal means to do the right thing: trying to prove his father not guilty for a crime he didn't commit.
Positive Role Models
The main character, Assane Diop, displays ingenuity, integrity, determination, loyalty, and creative problem solving. Diop is a Senegalese immigrant, and some of the plot is driven by other characters' racist actions toward him.
Violence & Scariness
Violence includes fistfighting, stabbing, kidnapping, and a death by hanging that reappears throughout the series.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lupin features little sexual content outside of basic romantic relationships. In one episode, a character talks about pornography that's been found on someone's computer, which is played for laughs.
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Profanity is used throughout, including the "f" word, "s--t," "ass," etc. Racist language against the main character is used and implied, and there's some homophobic language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking socially and smoking cigarettes. No drug use is shown, but drugs and drug trafficking are spoken about.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lupin is an action drama about a thief working to prove his father innocent of a 25-year-old crime. The series is French but dubbed into English on Netflix. Omar Sy stars as Assane Diop, a criminal inspired by the well-known French character Arsène Lupin. Each episode is loosely based on a classic Lupin story. Diop and his father are Senegalese immigrants, and racism plays a major role in the series. Racist language and racist stereotypes are frequently used or implied. Violence runs throughout the series, including fistfights, kidnapping, stabbing, and suicide by hanging. Characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol. No drug use is shown, but drugs and drug trafficking are a topic. So is pornography, which is mentioned multiple times in one episode in an attempt to embarrass a character.
Is It Any Good?
Plenty of crime series feature a Case-of-the-Week: Lupin does something unique in that it offers a Heist-of-the-Week, and each heist serves to fill in a part of Diop's story. Soon enough, the show is ricocheting between the heists, the police frantically trying to catch up with Diop, and flashbacks to the modern gentleman thief's origin story.
Lupin certainly has its flaws. Plenty of heist story cliches get recycled throughout the series, for example, and the writing has a simplistic take on some characters' racist motivations. But ultimately the series pulls off the job with a mix of action and mystery, fast pacing and good will. It's a real crowd-pleaser.
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