A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Friendship, relationships, marriage, rediscovering fulfillment and happiness, rebuilding careers, and self-empowerment are all themes.
Positive Role Models
The women aren't perfect and have made their fair share of mistakes. But they are all strong, and much more aware of the potential pitfalls that come with the business.
The majority of the cast is Black; the main characters are Latina and Black women. In some episodes featured secondary characters are White and Asian. One person is LGBTQ+.
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Violence & Scariness
There's some physical hair pulling and other catty behavior, but most of this is resolved maturely. Later episodes feature gun violence. The life-threatening illness of a parent is a storyline.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Illicit affairs, references to sexual behavior, and infidelity. Not revealing a child's father's identity is a theme.
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Words like "hell," "bitch," "damn," "ass," "crap," and "piss" are constantly audible in conversations and music lyrics.
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Products & Purchases
MTV is featured. There are references to labels like Gucci.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (wine, cocktails) is visible at clubs and over meals. People discuss, or are shown using, drugs (mainly cocaine). In one episode a drink is spiked with a drug. People are shown slurring or overdosed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Queens is an adult-oriented drama that features Black and Latina women, and lots of strong content that includes infidelity, addiction, ageism, and the exploitation of women in the hip-hop industry. Drug use is visible, and the spiking of a beverage is shown. Obvious indications of sexual activity are shown, and the language is strong throughout. There's also some undermining behavior (most of which is resolved), and gun-related violence appears in later episodes. A (fictitious) MTV video is featured, and brands like Gucci are referenced. Queens does contain positive messages about self-empowerment, rebuilding careers, and the importance of friendship.
Is It Any Good?
The smart, female-centered series offers a story world in which women over 40 are able to reclaim themselves in the hip-hop industry. As the women bond, confront old demons, and renegotiate their personal lives, they also highlight some of problems women in the hip-hop industry continue to face, including being exploited by men (particularly White men) for profit, dealing with a prolific drug culture, and ageism. Meanwhile, like any TV primetime drama, Queens also is driven by romance, deceit, and some evil twists. It's meant to be fun, and you can't help feel nostalgic about the late 1990s music scene when you watch Brandy's impressive rapping skills, and Eve and Naturi Naughton's talented performances. But the best part is that it manages to deliver all of this with a refreshingly empowered narrative in which talented, older Black and Latina women are retaking ownership of their lives and their careers.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.