A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Stateless depicts how refugees respond to the struggles and challenges they face in a detention camp.
Positive Role Models
Detainees often display courage and perseverance, while guards occasionally show compassion.
Violence & Scariness
Physical violence, including a stabbing, is depicted. Characters are drowned offscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The main character belongs to a cult-like self-help group, where she is manipulated and subjected to emotional and sexual abuse. Sexual intercourse, full frontal nudity, and naked corpses also appear regularly.
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Characters occasionally swear, using words like "f--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking and smoking is depicted.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Stateless is a drama inspired by the true story of an Australian woman wrongly detained as an illegal immigrant in her own country. With much of the series unfolding within the walls of the detention camp, it realistically depicts the struggles and challenges -- from physical violence to mental illness -- the prisoners face everyday. Profanity is not used frequently, but words like "s--t" and "f--k" do occasionally pop up in conversations. Similarly, while alcohol and cigarettes are not abused, characters often indulge in the devices in social situations. The main character belongs to a cult-like self-help group, where she is manipulated and subjected to emotional and sexual abuse.
Is It Any Good?
Stateless features four storylines, focused on a quartet of different characters. In addition to Sofie Werner -- based on a real-life Australian woman accidentally imprisoned as an immigrant on her own soil -- it digs into the difficult lives of an Afghan refugee and his family, a newly-hired detention center guard, and the woman tasked with running the facility. Much of the drama unfolds within the camp, where we follow the day-to-day struggles of the detainees', as well as the challenges faced by the facility's stressed-out employees.The individual stories here are all pretty absorbing on their own, but they become more engaging once they begin to interconnect and affect each other. The series is at its best when the four protagonists connect -- or conflict -- with each other.
The raw, often uncomfortable depiction of life within the walls of the detention center also injects a degree of authenticity that complements the excellent performances. Sadly, the rich, nuanced storytelling is often overshadowed by Sofie's tale, which can feel tonally different from the other story threads; where much of the series supports an almost docu-drama feel, her story feels more like a serialized mystery. Still, if you're interested in the relevant topic of illegal immigration and what the potential perspective is from both sides of the wall, Stateless is a worthy watch.
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