The Crown

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Exquisite bio-series is complex and compelling.
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Parents say

age 16+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive messages

Major themes include duty, ambition, love, political maneuvering, and whether power itself -- or the person who holds it -- is corruptive. Also explores intersection between gender and power as it relates to social norms and romantic relationships.

Positive role models & representations

Elizabeth begins her reign with relative inexperience but works to expand her knowledge and perseveres under strenuous circumstances. Other characters engage in less-than-regal behaviors. 

Violence

Graphic surgery scenes involving blood; a character suffers from terminal cancer; death. Occasional arguments lead to yelling. Later episodes feature a young Charles being bullied by his father and fellow students. 

Sex

Some episodes feature strong innuendo, implied intercourse. One episode features someone sexually dancing and posing for a camera. Occasional nudity includes bare breasts, buttocks. Storylines explore Princess Margaret's various romantic interests, and the extramarital affairs of other royals. Childbirth scenes with nothing private or bloody visible.

Language

Audible words include "Christ's sakes," "bloody hell," "f--k," and "c--t."

Consumerism

Occasional logos for British brands, cars (like Rolls-Royce) visible. 

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters frequently smoke cigars and cigarettes (one character notably suffers from lung cancer); social drinking. One character engages in obvious drunken behavior.

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. 

User Reviews

Adult Written byBonnie G. December 11, 2017

Season 2 earns TV-MA rating

I referenced season 2 in the title because there is not much in the way of content advisory on the internet yet for season 2, and after the relative chastity of... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 15 year old Written bymarierm November 12, 2016

Beautiful and very interesting history lesson

My 15 year old daughter wanted to watch this on her own because one of the stars of Dr. Who stars in it. I hesitated at the TV-MA rating because in today's... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoppy.bath December 4, 2016

Amazing series for the whole family to enjoy!

I have been watching this with both my parents and we all thoroughly enjoy it! literally no sex (unless you count mild kissing fully clothed.) hardly any bad la... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byglassdolly May 23, 2017

Really Good Show! Don't let the TV - MA scare you away!

I have watched all of the episodes and this show is absolutely amazing!! I have no idea why on earth it is rated TV - MA, there is nothing bad in it. There is... Continue reading

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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