Mayans M.C.

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Biker spin-off has different vibe, same brutal violence.

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age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Family honor, vengeance, loyalty, and the drug trade are central to the series, but violence overshadows most positive acts. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

EZ is close to his father and brother, but is also driven by the need to avenge the death of friends, family, and his future dreams. 

Violence

Lots of shooting (pistols, machine guns), punches, and bloody injuries. People are tortured and have body parts cut off. 

Sex

Sexual references. Pregnancy and fatherhood a theme. Men shown taking off shirts. 

Language

The word "s--t" is frequently used. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Illegal narcotics (cocaine, heroin) are weighed, hidden, delivered. Beer, wine, shots, other drinks consumed. Cigarette and cigar smoking is frequent, too. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mayans M.C. is a spin-off of the popular biker series Sons of Anarchy. It contains lots of brutal violence, ranging from shooting deaths to torture scenes, including bloody amputations of body parts SOA is known for. Cursing is frequent, and illegal drug processing and distribution is shown. Sexual references are audible. 

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Parent of a 13, 13, 14, and 15-year-old Written byDio fry January 31, 2019
Adult Written byJCFR777 October 13, 2018

Heart-wrenching & Graphic. Definitely Not For Kids!

The Mayans MC exceeded my high expectations. We all know, they had some pretty big shoes to fill following SOA, but so far, Kurt Sutter nailed it with the depic... Continue reading

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What's the story?

The Sons of Anarchy spin-off MAYANS M.C. follows a new prospect for the (fictitious) Santo Padre Chapter of the Mayans Motorcycle Club on the California-Mexico border. It's been over two years since the Sons lost Jax Teller (played by Charlie Hunnam), and Ezekiel "EZ" Reyes (played by J.D. Pardo) is now out of jail and looking to join the Club in order to bring down Miguel Galindo (Danny Pino) and the Galindo drug cartel, who are responsible for destroying his family's life. The brilliant, former Stanford University student is eager to prove himself, but his older brother Angel (Clayton Cardenas), a full patch member of the Mayans M.C., does his best to mentor and protect him, much to the reassurance of their father (Edward James Olmos). EZ soon finds himself participating in criminal activities with other full patches, including Johnny "El Coco" Cruz (Richard Cabral), their club's vice president, Che "Taza" Romero (Raoul Trujillo), Secretary Michael "Riz" Ariza (Antonio Jaramillo), and the chapter president, Obispo "Bishop" Losa (Michael Irby). As he navigates his way deeper into this world, he discovers that all is not what it seems, and that their enemies aren't as clear-cut as he thought. Also complicating things is his past romance with childhood sweetheart Emily Thomas (Sarah Bolger).

Is it any good?

Like its parent series, this gritty and violent drama features stories about a complicated and predictably unforgiving world of the illegal drug trade along the California-Mexico border. But EZ's search for revenge is really a story about a man who has the gifts and the desire to rise above this criminal life, but whose dreams are ultimately crushed when he's incapable of escaping it. As a result, while the antics of the Mayans M.C. are self-serving and brutal, it's almost easy to excuse them, and forgive EZ for his part. 

There's no doubt that most Sons of Anarchy fans will be drawn to the series, despite the fact that it has a pronouncedly different vibe thanks to the political and cultural picture it paints of Latinos and the drug trade. But while it's meant to offer a fictionalized version of gangster life on the border, Mayans M.C. also serves to perpetuate common (and tiresome) stereotypes about Mexican Americans. Nonetheless, if you like this sort of show, it is entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reasons drug and gangster-themed dramas like Mayans M.C. are so popular. Do these series glorify gang violence? The drug trade? How is the audience supposed to feel about the characters?

  • Many stories in film and television revolve around revenge. Is revenge ever a good motivator for doing anything, even in the criminal world?

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