Parents' Guide to

Peaky Blinders

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutal violence, sex, and drugs in vintage gang drama.

TV Netflix Drama 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 29 parent reviews

age 18+

Good story. Unnecessary nudity.

I'm a 21yr old male and wouldn't want my kids around this show. Read my main reasons why a mature 16 year old could watch it with wise parents. There's a lot to learn In the movie so read here (no spoilers). Beware lots of alcohol and violence (duh). 16+ should watch with parental guidance. Season 1: sex that doesn't show parts and besides one scene towards the end, it is fine for mature teens. 18+ no exceptions Season 2 episode 1: opens with strippers bare front in the back ground and the next scene is a close up on a fully nude woman. I turned it off and I'm looking into the show to see if there's more sense like this. Season 1: the show seems to focus on moral decay as it shows how the horrible easily fall to complete depravity when compromising their values. It also shows that sometimes, a dark and dangerous man can be used for good. Overalll the show supports a traditional (ish) family scared by weak men and promiscuous members. The show does show dangers of fornication and immoral behavior in society. Abortion is encouraged during a moment where the men leave the women to fend for themselves and a child but the women show that they desire to have a man so they can support the child (not perfect but at least they aren't destroying the family structure). Most violence is necessary and that which is not is somewhat tied to ptsd or irrational behavior. There are several remarks about the immoral behavior of the main character (anti hero) but recognizing that without such a ruthless leader, they would be far worse off. Those are the goods. The bads are... It's a show that exposes you to a lot of evil and suffering. There's some subversion but if you read this far and understand what I've said then you will probably like it. Watch before letting your kids see it.

This title has:

Too much sex
3 people found this helpful.
age 16+

Entertaining and Exciting For Appropriate Viewers

Here you are deciding if you should let your kid(s) watch "Peaky Blinders." Well it all comes down to what the show has to offer. If you don't want your kid(s) to see images of violence (murders, beatings, etc.), sex (full on nudity), drinking, and/or smoking, then don't let them watch this series. If you don't care if they're exposed to these types of images at around the age of 16, then it's fine. I first watched this when I was 17 and honestly, I was fine with watching the whole series for what it has to offer. I'll admit, I was a little uncomfortable with watching the sex scenes, but it's normal. For that reason, I don't recommend having your kid(s) watch the show with parental figures because of how awkward the environment would get. Obviously, your kid(s) can skip pass the sex scenes if you're worried about it. If you're still too unsure, maybe watch a couple of episodes, maybe at least 2 (since they're each about an hour long) to decide if the show's too much for your kid(s). Although this show has many concepts that aren't suitable for underaged viewers, it has many great messages/topics. There are many instances where the series shows the importance of family and relationships. As well as representations on loss, PTSD, etc. Overall, the cinematography, plot, and characters are all interesting to view on the screen.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (54 ):

Peaky Blinders' very first scenes let mature viewers know they're in for a treat, as a solemn-faced Shelby parades through the grim, gray streets of early 20th-century Birmingham on a sleek black horse, the anachronistic strains of Nick Cave's "Red Right Hand" swelling on the soundtrack. Is murder on his mind? Is he looking for a rival or a romance? Is he about to wreak hell on what looks like a run-down neighborhood? Nope. He's flamboyantly buying the services of a local medium, paying to have a spell cast on his horse so he'll win at the races tomorrow. Does Shelby really believe this spell will make his horse a winner? Nah. He just wants to attract more betting customers.

Peaky Blinders is full of scenes like this, which zig when you expect them to zag or take the drama in an unexpected new direction. Gang stories are by now a cinematic trope. Audiences who gasped their way through The Godfather in the '70s are pretty immune to ultraviolent shocks on-screen. So though Blinders contains plenty of brutality and violence, it's not the meat of the story as it is in lesser gang dramas. The real drama is between the characters. Will Tommy forgive Freddie for knocking up his sister? What plans does Tommy's canny Aunt Polly have for her family members? What's Grace Burgess after, and does it have anything to do with the nightmarish flashbacks Tommy suffers every time he smokes opium? This rich and compelling drama is of unusually high quality. A lush treat for cerebral, adult viewers.

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