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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Crime, racism, police shootings, coping with death, murder all themes.
Positive Role Models
Rebel is strong, brave, flawed.
Violence & Scariness
Shoving, beatings, shootings; rape, stalking, and murder all occur at some point on the show. Blood, guns visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo, people partially dressed, bed scenes; some crude sexual references.
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"Ass," "damn," "bitch"; racial epithets; rude gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of drinking (hard liquor, wine, etc.), alcoholism, cigarette, pot smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rebel is a convoluted crime drama about a woman starting over in life. It contains lots of violent scenes (shootings, beatings, some blood, etc.), as well as discussions about rape, murder, and other crimes. There are some sexual scenes, strong language ("ass," "bitch"), cigarette and pot smoking, as well as lots of drinking. Mature themes like addiction, the death of a parent, race-related shootings, and complicated relationships are addressed.
Is It Any Good?
This lackluster detective series features crime stories that take place against the backdrop of a police shooting of an unarmed black man. While it reflects one of the most controversial and emotionally-charged political and social issues of our time, the weak writing and clumsy story development fails to deliver any real sense of the powerful struggle that Rebel, as both a strong black woman and as a talented detective, is faced with.
There are some odd gaps in the overall narrative, and the shifts between Rebel's personal problems and her attempts to solve cases feel awkward. The dialogue also can feel forced and unbelievable. People may appreciate the series' attempt to address the difficult issues surrounding the contentious role race plays in law enforcement, but, ultimately, Rebel fails to come together.
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