A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows political, social, and economic events leading to mob's evolution.
Positive Role Models
Early mobsters were greedy, power-hungry men.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody shootings, beatings, horrific stabbings, brutal torture, executions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Depictions of prostitution; very skimpy underwear.
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Occasional "balls," "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigar, cigarette smoking; hard liquor, wine, drugs (heroin).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Making of the Mob: New York combines documentary and drama to tell the history of the New York mob. It's entertaining and informative, but the dramatic reenactments range from being violently bloody to downright horrifying (extensive beatings, stabbings to the skull, torture, executions). There are some graphic newspaper photos and other records too. Prostitution, drug smuggling, and other illegal acts are discussed, and drinking (wine, hard liquor), cigarette and cigar smoking, and drug use are visible. The swearing is limited in some episodes ("s--t"). It's all offered in context, and the style of the show will appeal to folks who like gangster-themed entertainment, but the grittiness makes it less than ideal for younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
From Prohibition and the crash of the stock market in 1929 to more contemporary events seen on the evening news, the series uses gritty drama and documentary-style interviews to create an entertaining and informative history lesson about the way the modern mobster evolved from poverty among, and racism against, the thousands of immigrants who entered New York City at the turn of the 20th century. It also highlights the endless desire these gangsters had for money and power and many of the seemingly unrelated events that led to the expansion of the mob's interests in various underground (and a few public) rackets.
It's extremely violent, but the actor portrayals add a romanticized quality to these accounts, many of which will leave you feeling impressed (rather than aghast) by the intelligent, well-designed plans mob bosses came up with to undermine the law (and take hits out on those who stood in their way). Meanwhile, some history buffs will take issue with how some of the facts get presented here. Nonetheless, enthusiasts of gangster-themed TV and films will enjoy it.
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