A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
People face different social distancing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cycle of life, the importance of family, friendship, and community are prominent themes.
Positive Role Models
The cast is diverse and come from different walks of life. No one is perfect, and everyone has their own way of handling where they find themselves during the pandemic. But there is love and understanding throughout.
Violence & Scariness
There’s some yelling, arguing, and insulting. There’s some pushing between adults and children, but no one gets hurt. The fear of death is discussed, and references to the killing of Black men, and violent events relating to BLM protests are themes in some episodes. Older adults discuss how some in society see them as expendable during the pandemic. One episode features some violent video games.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo, including conversations about threesomes, having sex, and sexy dancing. People are shown undressing and visible in their underwear.
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Lots of cursing ("s--t," "f--k") in some episodes. The N-word is used in a specific episode.
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Products & Purchases
Nest, Ring, FaceTime,and Zoom platforms are clearly visible. There are references to brands like Fresca, and social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Grindr are shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People drink at different points of the day and for different reasons. Recovery alcoholics are featured in one episode, and there is some drunken behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Social Distance is a fictional anthology series about people trying to maintain human connections using technology at the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine. There's arguing, some physical acts like pushing, cursing (including the N-word), some sexuality, and drinking. There are also conversations about the death of George Floyd, BLM protests, and related activities. Video communication platforms like Nest, Ring, FaceTime, and Zoom are featured, as well as dating apps like Grindr, and social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.
Is It Any Good?
This poignant series, produced remotely during the COVID-19 quarantine, uses drama and humor to capture the individual experiences of people who have no choice but to rely on technology to connect with one another. Actors like Oscar Nunez, Danielle Brooks, Mike Colter, Steven Weber, and Heather Burns are just some of the many performers who, along with some of their real family members, create the humorous and emotional interactions, most of which take place via platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, Nest, and even dating apps like Grindr.
There are some fun, laugh-out-loud moments, as well as scenes that underscore the overwhelming feelings of desperation and loneliness when you aren't free to spend time with the people you want to be with. Social Distance also addresses some of the strong emotions surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers and the controversial protests that followed. Viewers will be hard pressed not to find something they can relate to as they watch.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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