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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Global subcultures offer eye-opening edutainment.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+


Fantastic show. The viewer can learn a lot about different cultures all around the world. Wheather its tattoos, nudity, food, sex, or anything else, Taboo informs well and teaches a lot.

Is It Any Good?

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Taboo doesn't attempt to change people's minds about what's "right" or what makes something an acceptable social practice. Instead, the series focuses on exposing viewers to people and practices that they might never see otherwise.

While the series is quite educational, the seemingly bizarre and sometimes-grotesque imagery can create a carnival-like quality that's more entertaining than informative. But the shocking nature of the show's visual images also pushes viewers out of their comfort zone -- they're instrumental in challenging people to open their minds and consider the fact that every cultural group has their own definition of what's "normal."

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