A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Talent is important in the classical world that's depicted, but it often takes a backseat to bed-hopping and social connections. Characters' excesses also tend to be glorified, particularly when it comes to partying.
Positive Role Models
Characters' musical talents are obvious and admirable, but the characters make a slew of iffy choices -- from binge drinking to bed-hopping -- that diminish their power as positive role models.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content can be steamy, stopping short of nudity but featuring multiple partners and salty talk such as "percussionists pound you like you're in a porno."
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Unbleeped cursing includes "f--k," "s--t,"and "bitch," plus sexually charged terms such as "t-ts," "shaft," "balls," and "pr--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters engage in social drinking (including shots) and drug use (mostly pot) in party situations, often to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mozart in the Jungle explores a little-seen side of classical music that features strong, unbleeped language (including "f--k," "s--t," and "pr--k"), drinking and drug use (mostly pot), and simulated sex that stops just short of showing any nudity. The show is based on a controversial memoir of the same name chronicling the seedier side of a young oboist's classical music career.
Is It Any Good?
Mozart in the Jungle isn't the only original series from Amazon Studios to harness the power of established stars (see also: Transparent), but its credentialed cast is certainly impressive and exciting, from McDowell and Bernal, who play the dueling maestros in a battle of then vs. now, to Tony winner Bernadette Peters, who plays the chair of the symphony board -- not to mention Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers, who penned the script. Several well-known classical musicians make cameos, too, making Mozart feel a little like Smash with a highbrow twist.
But, much like Smash, which drew a small but loyal audience of Broadway fans before it was ultimately canceled, Mozart might suffer from limited appeal, even in spite of its attempts to spice up classical music's stuffy image with sex and drugs aplenty. For consenting adults, there's enough here to like, but, for impressionable teens -- particularly those with aspirations to play music professionally -- Mozart roundly sets the wrong tone.
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