A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Crime, drugs, gangs, and political corruption are major themes.
Positive Role Models
Though there are plenty of obvious villains, the main character isn't wholly good or bad; that said, he can't be counted on to do the right thing and makes his fair share of bad choices.
Violence & Scariness
Criminal activity is a major theme; some characters carry weapons; visuals include death and bloody injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex with nudity (mostly breasts and buttocks).
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Characters use words such as "f--k" and "s--t," spoken in French with English subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character snorts cocaine; other characters smoke pot and cigarettes; social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marseille is a French-language series that streams on Netflix with English subtitles. That means you'll see words such as "f--k" and "s--t" in print (and hear their equivalents en français), along with brief nudity and simulated sex that leaves little to the imagination. A main character uses cocaine, and other characters smoke pot and cigarettes, with some heavy social drinking. Violent scenes include blood and guns.
Is It Any Good?
On the surface, Marseille is stunning. But this edgy Netflix series seems only superficially concerned with the city's beauty, focusing instead on its shockingly ugly underside. That not only includes sex, drugs, and organized crime but also gangs, greed, and government corruption, resulting in an adults-only destination that's iffy at best for older teens. Not that they'd be terribly interested anyway, as Marseille is clearly targeting a mature audience.
Marseille marks another first for a Netflix series in that it was filmed in France with French-speaking actors as part of a push to create original content for local audiences in other countries. That translates into English subtitles for U.S. subscribers and subtly shifts the emphasis from the acting to the (often laughable) dialogue that's printed on-screen -- like at one point, when Depardieu's character describes the city's flashy new casino complex in grossly sexist terms: "It's like a beautiful woman. The dress isn't enough; you need make-up, jewelry, and a lot of other things besides." Mon dieu, Marseille. Can't we do better?
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