By Monique Jones,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Retread of Fyre Fest debacle, other schemes has language.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Since the focus is on cons and those who perpetrate them, there isn't much positivity in the series. The one positive is a life lesson about how fabricating falsehoods can lead to horrible consequences.
Positive Role Models
A few of the people hired by McFarland to carry out the festival tried their best to do right by the festival-goers and investors.
Swear words including "s---," "f--k," "damn," "screwed." Ableist terms like "crazy" and "stupid." Exclamatory use of God such as "Jesus," and "Oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Instagram and Twitter are shown. The series often focuses on the consumerist ideal of buying into an expensive lifestyle image.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mention of being drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents should know that The Con is a docuseries that details how individuals have pulled off some of the biggest schemes in recent popular culture. The most recognizable for most people will be the episode focuses that specifically on Billy McFarland's doomed Fyre Festival, which stranded guests on a Caribbean island. The series presents factual evidence about various cons, and has some swearing including "s---," "f--k," "damn," and "screwed." Parents should be mindful of talking to their kids about why people perpetrate these schemes, which often include the dangers of consumerism and social media culture.
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Waste of whoopie time! BIG TIME!
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What's the Story?
THE CON highlights how some of the biggest cons in American pop culture were pulled off and the aftermath. In the episode "The Fyre Festival Con," Billy McFarland is the mastermind behind the doomed Fyre Festival, which was meant to be an exclusive music and lifestyle festival for social media influencers and others willing to pay for an elite lifestyle. The results of the festival led to festival-goers and vendors collectively losing millions of dollars, with McFarland getting charged and convicted of wire fraud. The Con aims to answer what led up to the festival's demise.
Is It Any Good?
The Con feels a little dated as it attempts to tell the full stories of cons that felt big in recent years but are somewhat forgotten in the quick news cycles of today. The Fyre Festival, which went viral in 2018 for its horrible conditions and lack of funding, has already been the subject of two documentaries in 2019, Fyre and Fyre Fraud. These two documentaries do great jobs to break down the behind-the-scenes process that created the festival and its ultimate demise.
The public is saturated with information on many of the other cons already, so the show can feel like a retread. However, the series does boast a new interview with McFarland that it tries to tease out for maximum viewing suspense. Even still, not much aside from McFarland's own admission of guilt is revealed.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
What is a con? How can you protect yourself from a con or "get rich quick" scheme?
Why is Billy McFarland considered a con artist by festival-goers and vendors?
Why do you think people create cons? What needs do they fill for people besides money?
How did the Fyre Festival appeal to social media? What is dangerous about the relationship between the Fyre Festival and the hope to access an "Instagram-perfect" life?
- Premiere date: March 3, 2021
- Cast: Whoopi Goldberg
- Network: ABC
- Genre: Educational
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: May 8, 2023
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