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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Edgy show about the '80s crack epidemic is complex, mature.

TV FX Drama 2017
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age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Not OK for kids.

As a 25 year old male who really enjoys this series, it is important to note there are some major graphic scenes that can stick with a viewer. Two scenes in this series rank in my "Top 3 most disturbing" memories from cable TV or even any movie. One includes an excessive scene where a male character rapes another male to get information. Another includes a young female being cut apart in a bathtub. Both will haunt me for a while. This series is very good. However it is about how Crack Cocaine entered LA. The series is very real about the dangers of the drug scene and doesn't shy away from it. Just be aware that they are not going to sugar coat things. If you accept that fact, I really do hope you enjoy this awesome series. (I needed to balance out the review saying its a 5 star series for 5+ year olds)

This title has:

Too much violence
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+
I checked on my iPad 10 I go on email and I see what FX posted me that was terrifying

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
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This edgy, complex series offers viewers a multifaceted look at what led to the devastating crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s. It sets the dark world of the drug trade in bright and sunny Los Angeles, and reveals the often complicated reasons people became involved. The cast lives by their individual codes of behavior that aren't always clear-cut or easy to judge. Nonetheless, most of the characters are indifferent to the negative consequences their actions inflict on others.

It can be harrowing to watch, especially when the young and intelligent Franklin, who John Singleton based on some of his own life experiences, continues his push into the excesses and violent exploits of big-time drug dealing. There are also some slow-moving moments, too. But Snowfall's interpretation of how crack cocaine rose to be one of the decade's biggest problems paints an entertainingly dramatic picture of a phenomenon that is neither simple to understand nor straightforward enough to resolve.

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