A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Crown focuses on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, exploring what it means to be a public figure and the tension among politics, power, and personal freedoms. You'll hear words like "Christ's sakes" and "bloody hell," and a few curses like "f--k" and "c--t." Some episodes show nudity (bare breasts and buttocks), some of which is in a tribal context. It features storylines involving romantic entanglements and extramarital affairs, too. Other visuals include graphic surgery scenes with some blood, and characters smoke cigars and cigarettes regularly. Social drinking is frequent, and there are some scenes featuring drunken behavior.
What's the story?
Charting the personal life and highly publicized reign of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy), THE CROWN traces her rise from a young, newly married royal in 1947 to one of the most recognizable and iconic rulers in the world, carrying out her duties amid a climate of continual social change and political upheaval.
Is it any good?
Netflix's most expensive series to date pays off with a beautifully acted and impeccably designed drama that's also one of its very best -- and not because it's been engineered for binging. Quite the opposite, as each episode is structured to not necessarily blend into the next but to stand satisfyingly on its own, like an artfully wrapped package that's waiting to be opened when you're ready. It's a novel approach for a streaming television series that makes The Crown and its noticeable lack of cliffhangers feel revolutionary compared to some of its peers.
Those looking for an escape, whether from one's daily drudgeries or the uncertainties of modern politics, will likely find The Crown a welcome refuge. But it serves up more than dazzling visual extravagances. It also delivers thoughtful and complex messages about power, corruption, gender, and leadership that, for a period piece, have surprising relevance.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about The Crown's depiction of royal life and the demands of being a public figure. To what extent must those who reign sacrifice their personal lives for the sake of public service? What everyday "luxuries" do royals have to give up that we might take for granted?
How does The Crown handle issues of gender, power, and sexism? Is there a double standard when women rise to positions of authority?
How does The Crown compare to other streaming series in terms of budget and overall production values? How much is too much to spend on the creation of a television series, and does it pay off for studios willing to spend the cash?
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