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Survivor's Remorse

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Sex, violence, drugs, language in excellent b-ball drama.

TV Starz Comedy 2014
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There's a beautiful moment in the pilot of Survivor's Remorse when the grimness of Cam's childhood home and the surreal nature of his sudden wealth is telegraphed in one second flat: The camera pulls up on a bird's-eye view of the parking lot outside an apartment building. Cam's car pulls in, a bright flash against the faded asphalt and marked-off spots with car-size oil spots. A few minutes later, a blackmail plot and violence is foiled by a sincere apology for childhood misdeeds. Show-don't-tell drama and trope-averting plot twists? Intelligent viewers, take notice: This is drama that won't pander to the worst instincts of its viewers and lowest-common-denominator humor.

Cam's challenges are realistic, and the people around him read as real people, too: his louche and laid-back sister, his grasping mom, his stoned philosopher of an uncle, and his sharp-eyed cousin, who warns the newly rich Cam against doling out checks because, "It's been your money, Hammer." With its superior writing and fine acting, this show can be placed in the pantheon of Golden Age television such as Orange Is the New Black, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad.

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