A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
No motive given for Versace's murder. Homophobia is addressed.
Positive Role Models
Versace was a fashion icon, but not a saint. The FBI wasn't always doing its job.
Violence & Scariness
Serial murder a theme. Shootings, other violent behaviors, but blood and bloody wounds are visible after the fact.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo; promiscuity and prostitution are addressed.
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Products & Purchases
The Versace brand and the family's lavish lifestyle are prominently featured. Fashion magazine covers are sometimes visible. All of this offered in context.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne drinking; cigarette smoking visible. Drugs, including prescription drugs, used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, the second installment of the American Crime Story franchise, focuses on the lives and deaths of designer Gianni Versace and his murderer. Serial murder is a major theme, and his shooting, as well as other violent moments, are shown, but blood and bloody wounds are visible after the fact. It contains strong sexual innuendo, including discussions of promiscuity and sexual exploits. Conversations about being gay and instances of homophobia are also addressed. Words like "hell" and "damn" are used, and there's drinking (champagne, hard liquor, etc.), cigarette smoking, and drug use. The Versace brand is discussed in context.
Is It Any Good?
This melodramatic and somewhat exploitative series offers an interpretation of both Versace's and Cunanan's life based on documented and imagined events. It's hard to figure out the motive for the murder, but it's interesting to see some of the mistakes made by the FBI due to the homophobic sentiments of the time, which made it possible for the killer to reach the designer after committing several homicides. However, much of the story seems entrenched in colorful rumors, including the connection between the two men, the truth of which remains impossible to determine.
The Assassination of Gianni Versace can get a little slow at times, but still manages to smoothly re-create and intertwine each man's distinctive life story despite the frequent use of flashbacks. Some viewers may not appreciate the creative license taken by the show's producers or its obvious focus on the characters' allegedly hedonistic lifestyles, while others may not care what's fact and what's fiction as long as it's fun to watch.
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