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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's about a wealthy and prominent country music family and their attempts to remain at the height of their profession while coping with family secrets. Terminal illness, the loss of a parent, and the strength of family are themes. So is family dysfunction.
Positive Role Models
Nobody is perfect in this series, which puts a strain on interpersonal and professional relationships.
Most of the cast is White; one secondary character is not from the U.S., and another is Black. A primary cast member self-defines as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
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Violence & Scariness
There are conversations about assisted suicide, scenes of people appearing to committing murder, and other violent acts, are shown. Rifles are prominently visible and shot, but there's no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some strong innuendo, including kissing and suggestions of other sexual interactions. Marriage and Infidelity are major themes.
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Words like "hell," "bitch," "crap," and "ass" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Car logos like Mercedes-Benz and GMC trucks are frequently visible. while Porsches and others are sometimes shown. Popular country songs are performed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol (beer, hard liquor) is visible. There's references to cigarette and pot smoking, some of which are part of song lyrics. Prescription drugs are misused.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monarch is a drama that features soap opera-like themes ranging from family disputes and infidelity to a violent murder mystery. People are punched, rifles get shot, and a barn is deliberately set on fire. There some innuendo, strong language, drinking, and references to smoking cigarettes and pot, too. Logos for cars like Mercedes-Benz and GMC are visible, and popular country tunes are sometimes prominent.
Is It Any Good?
This soapy series features lots of strife and deceit as the Roman family contend with professional challenges, personal demons, and devastating secrets. Despite assertions that the siblings will always look out for each other, they also seem willing to compete against each other for attention, love, and success. However, Monarch features some solid musical performances, and occasional appearances by music celebs like Martina McBride and Shania Twain, which gives it some spark. The overall story world isn't particularly unique, but if you like country tunes mixed in with family drama, you might find it entertaining.
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