Parents' Guide to

Savage Beauty

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Edgy drama has cultural themes, violence, sex, drug use.

TV Netflix Drama 2022
Savage Beauty TV show poster.

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

There was sex but not really revealing
age 16+

A must watch Show

Omg, this show was really good and kept me on my toes. I think Don n Grace fate should have happened sooner! Great show

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The edgy South African soap opera offers a binge-worthy experience by featuring lots of family dysfunction, steamy sexual entanglements, and vengeful narratives. Context is important here: Savage Beauty is firmly rooted in the country where it's produced, as is reflected in its bilingualism, and the plotlines associated with the taking of multiple wives, its unique ban on controversial skin-lightening products, and the public's continual negotiation of Blackness and beauty standards. While these details make the show illuminating for viewers unfamiliar with the diverse Black South African sociocultural experience, Savage Beauty is still very much an over-the-top drama, and features lots of far-fetched schemes and scenes. Still, it tells a good story and offers a well-paced guilty pleasure.

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