A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a typical spy drama, in that it doesn't give much of a window into its characters' ethics or motivations, beyond general duty to country. Charlie is revealed to be a liar about some aspects of her past, but it's spun as a positive.
Positive Role Models
Aside from the characters being skilled at their jobs, there's very little to latch onto in terms of positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Violence appears sparingly, and the show tends to focus more on the consequences of violence -- death, destruction, turmoil -- than the acts themselves. There are hints at violent acts (torture, gunplay, etc.) that aren't shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is talked about and hinted at but not shown.
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"S--t," "piss," "damn," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Charlie, the main character, smokes cigarettes, and many characters are casual drinkers, but there's no drug use and no one gets inebriated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Little Drummer Girl is a spy drama that focuses on the conflict between Israel and Palestine. However, outside of clearly choosing sides, it doesn't get too overtly political. It focuses on a team of spies who are trying to stop a terrorist organization by kidnapping one of its high-ranking members and then impersonating him and his girlfriend. Charlie (Florence Pugh), is an actress that gets recruited to play the girlfriend, and the show mostly forgoes typical spy drama plot beats (missions, betrayals, etc.) to focus on her character's journey from layperson to undercover agent. The show uses violence and profanity sparingly, does not feature sex or drugs, and is an OK choice for teens interested in some spy intrigue.
Is It Any Good?
AMC has assembled a knockout cast and creative team for this John le Carré adaptation. Though The Little Drummer Girl can often move slowly, developing the espionage set-up and Charlie's character bit-by-bit, the performances by Florence Pugh, Michael Shannon, and Alexander Skarsgard are note-perfect and the direction by Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, The Handmaiden) is incredible, especially the cinematography, which seems to take the earth tones used by most British spy dramas and enhance them with swaths of vibrant Technicolor. The confident production allows it to delay the typical spy story payoffs and deliver more of a character study about Charlie and her journey from being plucked from obscurity to become a linchpin in a major undercover operation.
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