A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
British politics and culture in the 1970s, and the punk subculture's attempts to challenge it, is a major theme. Family, parental rejection and abuse, and related themes are also discussed.
Positive Role Models
Nobody is perfect in this story, and there's lots of stealing and scheming to get ahead or to challenge the establishment. However, there's also a demonstration of forward thinking when dealing with the management and presentation of the band that led to its success.
The main cast is White. A few performers and secondary characters are Black. LGBTQ+ performers are also featured.
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Violence & Scariness
People are shown stealing, rioting, and running from police. The psychological abuse of a child is also shown. Spitting and brawling are parts of performances, and archive footage of violent protests and police brutality are shown. A cast member carries an aborted fetus in a bag.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains strong sexual content, including simulated sexual acts and nudity (bare breasts and bottoms). It also features lots of kinky fashions from the SEX boutique.
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Lots of rough language ("ass," "hell") and cursing ("f--k") throughout.
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Products & Purchases
Early Vivienne Westwood fashions are featured. It features lots of archive footage of different performers of the time. None of this is offered in a commercial context.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is constant, which was common for the time. Drinking (mainly beer) is also commonplace. Recreational drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pistol is an edgy limited series about the rise of the groundbreaking punk rock band the Sex Pistols. Fans of the band, British punk, and music history will be drawn to it, but it contains decidedly mature content, ranging from drug use and endless cursing, to nudity and simulated sexual activity. Drinking is frequent, and cigarette smoking is constant. Music from the Sex Pistols, as well as other popular 1970s musicians, is featured throughout. Early Vivienne Westwood clothing designs are also featured. All of this is offered in a historical context.
Is It Any Good?
The fun, edgy, and nostalgic biopic chronicles the journey of Sex Pistols founding member and lead guitarist Steve Jones as he and his friends led the late 1970s U.K. punk rock scene. It reveals how the band chaotically rose to popularity and weathered changes (including the replacement of original bassist Glen Matlock with Sid Vicious, played by Louis Partridge) during it's nearly three-year run, while highlighting the significant role that manager Malcolm McLaren and controversial designer Vivienne Westwood played in shaping and marketing the band as a gritty artistic representative of anarchy and revolutionary action. Meanwhile, it also offers some insight into what life as part of the punk subculture was like, and showcases some of its iconic members, like then up-and-coming American singer Chrissie Hynde (Sydney Chandler) before she became the lead singer of The Pretenders, and Jordan (Maisie Williams), a character based on the real-life Jordan Mooney, one of Westwood's models and a prominent fixture in the British punk scene. Overall, Pistol presents an entertainingly high-strung narrative that shows how a group of "lost" working-class men became one of the most influential bands in music history, and how they attracted other misfits of their generation.
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