By Monique Jones,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Thought-provoking anthology highlights empathy, compassion.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Empathizing with women includes learning more about the issues they face daily, including the racial and sexist standards in the U.S. and around the world. Women wish for others to show them some compassion when facing emotional and social problems instead of being ignored.
Positive Role Models
Each woman featured in this anthology faces common issues women in real life face every day, such as racism, impossible beauty standards, intense family dynamics, and stress. Even though the stories are presented in a fantastical way, the audience is asked to empathize and feel compassion for the characters.
Cast is multicultural and multiracial and represents a range of ages. Actors include Issa Rae, Meera Syal, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Dae Kim, Griffin Matthews, Jason Mantzoukas, Rizwan Manji, Ego Nwodim, Maz Siam, Bernard White, and Fivel Stewart. The complexity and multifaceted quality of storylines also shows these characters beyond stereotypes. The women are shown as having agency and emotional heft.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes with police brutality and death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to someone being "psychosexual," sexual humor and descriptions/allusions, scenes with kissing and heavy petting, a character telling another to never get in an elevator with a male character (alluding to potential sexual harassment), and the MeToo movement is discussed.
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Swear words such as "s--t," "f---ing," "f---ed up," "bulls--t."
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of ASOS, POP Vinyl figurines, and The Legend of Zelda.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with wine and a mention of marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Roar is a fantasy anthology series highlighting the various plights of women in the United States and beyond. The series has sexual content, scenes with drugs and alcohol, and swear words. Scenes with violence, such as police brutality, are also present. Women across a range of ethnicities and ages are presented with complexity, compassion, and empathy.
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What's the Story?
ROAR brings a variety of issues that affect women around the world into a fantastical, experimental anthology series. In each episode, a woman faces the most extreme versions of a typical issue, such as racism and discrimination, sexism and life-work balance, family dynamics, marriage issues, and more. Each episode offers insight into how women navigate their world when everything seems against them.
Is It Any Good?
This is firstly a fun, thought-provoking show for those who love watching Twilight Zone-esque storytelling. But Roar's true power is in its depiction of how people treat women daily. Women face much more stress than they should, and they often go unrewarded and unrecognized; at worst, women can be derided and disregarded. Roar asks viewers to take a second to actually hear women and the struggles they face.
Each story brings a different point in women's lives to the forefront. The use of supernatural elements changes the prism from which hard issues are seen, making it easier for audiences to empathize with the characters and, in turn, the women in their real lives. The series could be a watershed moment for discussing women's issues on television -- hopefully it'll inspire other creators to tell their stories about the complexities of womanhood.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about what they've learned about the world from the eyes of various women.
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- Premiere date: April 15, 2022
- Cast: Issa Rae, Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Meera Syal
- Network: Apple TV+
- Genre: Drama
- Character Strengths: Compassion, Empathy
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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