A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The drug trade is lucrative, dangerous.
Positive Role Models
Mendoza enjoys the wealthy perks of the trade.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody beatings, shootings, killings, car crashes; a rape scene.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, prostitution.
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"Hell"; Spanish curses.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The drug trade is a major theme; drug use, alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking frequently visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Queen of the South is a dramatic action series that centers on the Mexican drug trade and features all the bloody violence (including a rape scene), sexuality, and drug use that come with it. There's some cigarette and cigar smoking and some drinking, too. Strong language is mostly offered in Spanish, and on occasion logos for Cadillacs and other cars are visible. While all this is offered within the context of the storyline, it's not intended for young kids and best left for older viewers.
Is It Any Good?
This dark, well-written series offers a gritty portrayal of the day-to-day inner workings and power struggles of the Mexican drug trade from a woman's point of view. Teresa Mendoza is an appealingly calculating antihero, which makes it easy to look past the fact that she's skillfully navigating an unapologetically greedy, ruthlessly violent world for her own personal gains, as well as for her survival.
Highlighting the lurid nature of the border drug trade isn't particularly new, nor is the depiction of Mexicans as drug traffickers. But the show's narrative is well-constructed, and Medoza's difficult rise to power underscores how she, in her own way, is overcoming the way women are culturally viewed and used within the industry. It's an entertaining story, even if it isn't for everyone.
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