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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Be aware of the environmental impact as modernization takes place. Those who are able should fight for the rights of others.
Positive Role Models
The presenter, Sue Perkins, is funny and open to trying new things, as well as offering moments of emotional vulnerability. However, sometimes her glib humor is lost in translation and can be alienating to those around her.
The documentary explores India's River Ganges and its communities in the surrounding areas. There is LGBTQ+ representation within the series. The presenter is a lesbian, and the series visits a Hijra community -- who are legally recognized as a third gender -- which includes mostly transgender and intersex people. The roles and rights of women are explored -- particularly in smaller communities where they are often kept from education and expected to be submissive. There is discussion of Hinduism and Indian tradition, though some casual jokes come across as disrespectful at times.
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Violence & Scariness
Frequent mentions of death. This includes the passing of the presenter's father, "death hotels" where people go to await the end of life, suicide from a bridge, and bodies in the water. Bodies are seen beneath fabric on-screen, and burned in open cremations by the riverbank. There is a scene showing a person rubbing ashes on their body and mention of eating human flesh. Guns are carried for security purposes but not fired. Mention of sexual and domestic violence, as well as fatal tiger attacks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passing reference to condoms. Brief full-frontal male nudity -- in a non-sexual context.
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Occasional language includes "s--t" and "bulls--t." A person gives the V sign, not understanding its meaning in the West.
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Products & Purchases
One episode visits Indian multinational company Patanjali Ayurved, interviewing the owner, touring a factory, and going inside stores. Passing mention of Colgate brand. Some other scenes within shops.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mention of cannabis and alcohol. Smoking seen on-screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ganges with Sue Perkins is a three-part travel documentary series that follows the path of India's River Ganges, and discusses some mature themes. The series explores Indian traditions and the Hindu religion, as well as the effects of modernization and climate change. Death is mentioned frequently, and dead bodies are seen beneath fabric. Full-frontal male nudity is shown in a non-sexual context, and there is mention of sexual violence. There is occasional strong language, such as "s--t." Diversity on-screen includes LGBTQ+ representation and exploration of different Indian traditions and sects within religions. The host, Sue Perkins, is serious at times and lighthearted at others, making the documentary informative but enjoyable viewing for teens and adults.
Is It Any Good?
Journeying along the Ganges from mangroves and mountain towns to bustling cities, this Indian travel documentary series tells a wealth of stories and illustrates them with some spectacular scenery. Whether its far-reaching heady mountain views, or the interiors of surprisingly ornate homes, The Ganges with Sue Perkins is vivid and varied and does well to pack so much in to three episodes without losing too much depth. The show doesn't shy away from social and environmental issues either. From pollution to sexual violence, the series goes beyond the basic area-guide feel of some similar programs.
Comedian and presenter Perkins is known for her quick-witted humor on panel shows and numerous bun puns on The Great British Baking Show. But here it's moments of genuine connection and emotional vulnerability that make the most impact as she travels through the various Indian communities along the sacred river. In fact, there's a glibness to her Western jokes that feels uncomfortable and disconnected at times, such as when she asks in a shop, "What's your best-selling God?" or sings "three sherpas in a bed." It's when she opens up about grieving for her father, revisits a child living on the streets that she met on a previous trip, or connects with the brave women of the Green Gang in a small village, that she resonates most strongly on-screen, taking viewers on a much more rewarding journey.
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