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Reservation Dogs

By Angelica Guarino, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hilarious coming-of-age comedy showcases Indigenous teens.

TV FX Comedy 2021
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+
The show is excellent, dealing with sometimes difficult issues but with a quirky sense of humor. The cast is wonderful. Definitely for mature teens. The first season deals with suicide in a pretty frank way, including a scene where the suicide is depicted (not gory, but very realistic). This was upsetting for my teen, though I'm not sorry we watched it.
age 16+

Not for young children

I like that the actors are actually authentic and indigenous. There is a lot of swearing and marijuana references so not great for young kids. It's silly and entertaining for older teens and adults.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Yes, this comedy is funny, but that's not the best part about it -- it's that it places the experiences of Indigenous youth in the spotlight. Created by a mostly Indigenous cast and crew, Reservation Dogs draws from their real-life experiences and leads to a refreshingly authentic vibe, wrapped up in some new takes on familiar television conventions. For instance, there are many sitcoms with an "everyone in the group has to go see a doctor" plotline or a special guest episode where a character connects with a long-lost family member. But that, when mixed with the Scooby-Doo-esque hijinks of the characters' petty crimes -- plus examples of uniquely Indigenous struggles and culture, like how Uncle Brownie prefers marijuana over what he calls "the White Man's alcohol" -- helps Reservation Dogs set a distinctive, highly enjoyable standard for diversity in comedy and entertainment.

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