Mr. Selfridge

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Period drama shows dark side of living too large.

PBS Drama 2013

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

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age 16+

Kind of dirty for PBS

As an adult watching it, there were some good seasons, but it truly ends bad. The whole last season is just poor. The whole things is kind of painful to watch this guy ruin his life. I wouldn't recommend this show as good, it was eh. For appropriateness, if you take mistresses, affairs, and so on out of the show... there isn't much left. Though they don't show graphic stuff... though there are passion we would zip through, it was always revolving around sex, cheating, babies out of wedlock, and so on. He is constantly gambling and cheating on his wife and she kind of puts up with it. It really sends a bad message to girls about guys acting a certain why and to guys that you can get away with this kind of treatment. Not a family friendly show, bad messages, and morals.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 15+

Inappropriate for children!

After binging Downton Abbey with my oldest, we thought it would be okay to watch Mr. Selfridge together, since Masterpiece Classic usually produces family-friendly shows for teens. However, after the first season, things got inappropriate, even for my 13-year-old. Mr. Selfridge cheats on his wife with several different women, usually celebrities, and is shown making out with them, flirting with them in scant or no clothing (nothing shown), and preparing for/leaving from sex. He continued this after his wife died. Additionally, other characters are shown having graphic sex from above, showing the man thrusting on top of the moaning woman. Language is scant, but Mr. Selfridge often drowns his financial and personal sorrows in gambling and drinking, which is a terrible example, and almost loses his business for him. By the end of the show, he has fallen into a state of drunken, sorrowful despair, which upset the whole family! It started out as a show okay for kids, but only got more inappropriate as time went on.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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