A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Dark crime drama where every character displays some level of duplicity and corruption, usually to violent ends. One of the central themes is the difference between morality and the law, but the action itself tends to be without a moral center.
Positive Role Models
Characters are corrupt, duplicitous, narcissistic, and violent.
On the surface, Mayor of Kingstown seems to be an indictment of the prison industrial complex in America, which inherently makes it thematically about race. However, it seems to use its premise to cast White actors as the central characters, police, and leaders, while slotting actors of color into roles as criminals and women into roles as mothers, wives, and sex workers.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence is a major part of Mayor of Kingstown, and it is portrayed realistically with an emphasis on blood and death. Plot-wise, violence often fails to result in negative consquence for the characters. Most of the time, they benefit. Scenes include violent assault, gun violence, and assassinations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Topless female nudity, simulated sex, and other sexually suggestive visuals and dialogue.
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Profanity is used constantly throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters frequently drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. The drug trade is also a major part of the plot, though the early episodes do not actually show drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mayor of Kingstown is a crime drama about corruption in a city run by private prisons. The drama comes from an ongoing war between factions of criminals on both sides of the law, in prison and in law enforcement, as they struggle for power within the town. Violence is a major part of the show, and is nearly always shown head-on with an emphasis on blood, injury, and death. The series also contains sexual content, including female nudity and simulated sex. Drug trafficking and police corruption are two of the major plotlines, and while the series seems to want to make a statement about the American prison system, the themes get muddled in favor of violent plot twists.
Is It Any Good?
The difference between a mediocre crime family drama and a good one is often whether it's plot driven or character driven. Mayor of Kingstown is clearly looking to build an audience that loves to follow plot twists, warring factions, and shifting allegiances. But the character at the center of the action, Jeremy Renner's Mike McClusky, lacks complexity or even so much as a defining character trait. Without a compelling character at the heart of it, Mayor of Kingstown is simply an dreary march toward predictable violence.
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