Parents' Guide to

The English

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Epic, sweeping, violent Western not for sensitive viewers.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

A Violent Series

Extreme violence & misogyny, which I’m sure there was plenty of when the American West was ripped from the Native inhabitants.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Big-sky views and the undeniable drama of the classic Western meets the cruelty and historical perspective of the 2020s in this brutal series. Performances by top-shelf actors smooth out the uneven script in The English. Emily Blunt's Lady Cornelia Locke manages to bring a touch of Mary Poppins to the blood-soaked prairie she encounters, as she saunters on a horse through the night next to a velvet-voiced Pawnee man (played fiercely and beautifully by Chaske Spencer). She coaxes him to tell her about his medicine, his magic, while men generally rape, pillage, and slaughter every living thing in their path.

It could be said that director Hugo Blick takes liberties -- as an Englishman -- crafting a series that comments upon the American frontier experience. Are viewers meant to understand that the cruel pathway European settlers historically cut across the land still fuels the ego of the contemporary U.S. citizen? Ya think? Adults and older teens may get swept away by the dramatic, panoramic views, tense drama, and romantic moments. Sensitive viewers will want to skip this one, as the violence is ubiquitous.

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