A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Perseverance, determination, and creative problem solving.
Positive Role Models
Characters show ingenuity, adaptability, and good communication.
Violence & Scariness
Violence and violent acts are talked about throughout, and some violence (for example, a car window getting shot out) is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild sexual content, mostly limited to brief dialogue about sex.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
At its core, The Offer is a show about "the magic of Hollywood," and features a lot of talk about the history and products from Paramount and other movie studios.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and smoking (cigarettes, cigars) are featured throughout. No drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Offer is a miniseries about the making of the 1972 film The Godfather. This version makes the producers and the studio (Paramount, where the series also airs) the heroes, while also focusing on the writer, director, and several well-known actors and other Hollywood luminaries of the time. There's a subplot about the mafia's reaction to the 1969 book and the film, which results in some depictions of mild violence, like characters being shot at. But the series mostly feels built for fans of The Godfather or the movie industry in general, and a lot of the fun is in recognizing the personalities involved with and around the film.
Is It Any Good?
Hollywood in the late-1960s/early-1970s was in a period of great transition, as the popularity of reliable genres like Westerns, epics, and musicals waned and American auteurs began to tell simpler stories of peoples' day-to-day lives. Most of the fun of The Offer is watching huge, notorious personalities like producer Bob Evans and director Francis Ford Coppola navigate those changes alongside stars like Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra, and Al Pacino. Unfortunately, the story that holds The Offer together is essentially a by-the-numbers biopic, with Paramount itself cast as the hero. The aggrandizement of the studio and the producers to puts the series at a consistent disadvantage. The making of The Godfather might not even be the third most-compelling production of Coppola's career. (Hearts of Darkness, about the disastrous making of Apocalypse Now is one of the all-time great documentaries; and Coppola's films sent at least a couple of studios, including his own, into financial ruin.) Series creator Michael Tolkin, who wrote the alpha and omega of movie business takedowns in 1992's The Player, somehow manages to turn The Offer into a cavalcade of magic-of-Hollywood cliches.
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