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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Themes include the importance of standing up against the government and corporations to protect the public, community activism, and family.
Positive Role Models
Whistle blowers and activists are viewed as the heroes in this narrative. The Pennsylvania government at the time is characterized as being ill-prepared for what happened. The federal government, and private companies associated the power plant, are characterized as untrustworthy and unethical.
It features male and female activists who pushed back against the government.
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Violence & Scariness
Describes the effects of radiation poisoning, and shows brief images of people with radiation burns. There are stories about witness intimidation, illegal firings, and other subversive acts.
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There's some occasional strong language, including words like "pissed" and some curses ("s--t" and "f--k"). The epithet "redneck" is used in one installment.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking is visible and pot is briefly discussed and shown in one installment. This is offered in a specific context as part of the historical narrative.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Meltdown: Three Mile Island is a docu-series about the near-catastrophic events that took place at a Pennsylvania nuclear power plant in 1979. It deals with themes that some viewers may find upsetting or frightening. There's some occasional swearing and cursing ("pissed," "s--t," "f--k"). In one installment drinking is visible, and pot is briefly shown and discussed, but in a specific historical context.
Is It Any Good?
The informative but disturbing four-part docu-series reveals how close the Three Mile Island accident came to becoming a horrific catastrophe. While some of the information about what happened on the day is well known, Meltdown: Three Mile Island offers a lot of behind-the-scenes details about what transpired, highlighting the problematic political and economic issues associated with the use of nuclear power in the United States. It also underscores the important role whistleblowers Rick Parks and Larry King played in protecting the public from what could have been a second disaster, and introduces viewers to the community activists who fought to protect their town. The series will be especially interesting to those who remember what happened. But regardless of whether the events are before your time, chances are that what you learn from Meltdown: Three Mile Island will leave you feeling unsettled.
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