Queen of the South

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Gritty, violent drug cartel story has strong female lead.

USA Drama 2016

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 18+

Can we get more female leads like this?

I just finished watching the final season of Queen of the South and, too put it simply, I loved it! I am a lifelong lover of action, crime, drama and espionage/mystery and Queen of the South has it all and does it well. The story is strong and captivating with twists and turns galore to keep you on the edge of your seat. The show is phenomenally cast with each major actor bringing his or her character to life. For those like me who loved Breaking Bad, Deter and other similarly complex and high quality crime dramas I highly recommend. For kids and from a content perspective approach with caution. Queen of the South does not shy from depicting the violence and terror or organized crime and drug trafficking in a realistic fashion. Numerous people are shot, knifed and beaten severely and there are also several scenes of torture and one instance each of rape and cannibalism. There is also the moral issue that the protagonists we follow and root for are bosses and enforcers in a drug cartel. For mature audiences this does not pose an issue but for kids you might consider the potential appearance of glorification of crime and drugs. That said, the show does a good job of not glorifying the crime but focusing on and humanizing the people affected by it. Characters show admirable qualities of love, compassion and loyalty, which is an important theme of the story. Teresa has compassion for others and works to avoid violence. Pote's dedicated loyalty is also admirable, as is James often unspoken love for Teresa. It also offers positive representations, not only of women but Latinos as well. I personally appreciate how Teresa is a powerful female lead and strong woman, but this never feels like a ham fisted, "girl power" agenda piece as so many female led stories become today by forcing gender politics or feminism into the story in a distracting or overt way. This allows us to focus on the story and makes Teresa all the stronger. I would place Queen of the South in my top 5 tv series.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Queen Of the South

This is an amazing show! Full of action. I love the cast as well. Teresa, pote, James and Camilla. I don’t see Camilla yet in season 4, but I hope to. These four make QOTS! Keep the seasons coming!! ❤️

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