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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show tends to portray the government in a calculating light, and, in many ways, it serves as the enemy. The world also has become far more cynical -- and sex-obsessed -- as a result of the infertility crisis.
Positive Role Models
There are several strong female characters, and government leadership is pointedly diverse. Although most characters' morality lies somewhere in the middle, the main character only skirts authority in pursuit of protecting her work.
Violence & Scariness
Some government/military characters carry weapons -- and commit murder. Dead bodies are shown, but there's not much blood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is simulated, but no nudity or sensitive parts are shown.
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Audible words include several forms of "s--t," as well as gateway terms such as "damn" and "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, with some references to alcoholism and drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lottery is set in a dystopian future where women have stopped bearing children due to an unexplained global fertility crisis. Given the show's premise, sex is an important part of the plot, but there's no nudity, only implied intercourse. Audible language includes several forms of "s--t," plus gateway terms such as "damn" and "hell," and some characters drink socially and refer to past problems with alcohol and drugs. There's some violence, too, typically stemming from the government and/or military, but very little blood.
Is It Any Good?
Given the rising number of real-world families who are struggling to conceive, The Lottery's premise is certainly topical and could appeal to viewers -- particularly women -- who know the pain of infertility firsthand. But, in the end, this subpar Lifetime series doesn't measure up to its own promise thanks to weak production values, heavy-handed dialogue, and two-dimensional characters who don't feel fully relatable -- or believable.
One of the more interesting aspects of The Lottery is the social politics of a world in which women's fertility has become a matter of national security, resulting in a "Department of Humanity," a federal "Fertility Commission," and serious penalties for "fertility crimes." In many ways, women seem to have more power, holding key positions in government and science and taking charge of their reproductive prospects. Yet, when the dream of conceiving finally becomes a reality, their wombs are subject to the decisions of a male-dominant government.
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