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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Explains what a Ponzi scheme is. Highlights the history of Wall Street from the Great Depression to the Madoff scandal.
The truth will come to light. Honesty is the best policy. Actions have consequences.
Positive Role Models
People who were part of the effort to expose Bernie Madoff's criminal enterprise recall the events of his career.
The men and women who weigh in are all related to the Madoff story, but represent a variety of ages and backgrounds. Some are authors and journalists who have written about the scandal, while others are Madoff's former traders and employees, as well as Madoff investors.
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Violence & Scariness
One episode includes footage of the World Trade Center towers falling on Sept. 11, 2001. The footage includes victims running for their lives and destruction in the area. Suicide is a topic.
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Some strong language like "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters in the dramatic reenactments are shown drinking and smoking cigarettes, especially inside of buildings, as was acceptable during the period covered in the documentary. There are some references to drug use like cocaine in the 1980s segment.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street is a true crime docuseries that recalls the scandal that rocked the financial industry and ruined many lives in the mid-2000s. The documentary depicts the life and career of Bernie Madoff, portraying him as both a motivated and successful businessman and the maniacal mastermind of the largest Ponzi scheme in history. It accomplishes this with dramatic reenactments alongside commentary from writers, law enforcement personnel, former employees, victims, and others who were involved in the scandal. There's some use of strong language like "s--t." As was acceptable in the 20th century, people are seen smoking inside office buildings. The series is dark and packed with information; it's best for teens and adults and is likely best digested when viewed in small portions.
Is It Any Good?
This captivating account and analysis of one of the most notorious crimes in history reminds viewers that honesty is the best policy. Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street, with its dark filters and slow-motion dramatic reenactments, conveys the gravity of the crime that Bernie Madoff executed over the course of decades. The episodes are fast-paced and loaded with information, so binge-watching is most likely not the best way to watch. But the issues uncovered – from ethics and oversight to greed and fraud – are sure to expose (and potentially reshape) thoughts on white-collar crime and its impact on society.
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