A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the importance of ending gang violence and establishing peace and unity among primarily low-income and African-American communities in Los Angeles.
Positive Role Models
Malik Spellman is a former convict who now helps communities by risking his life to help broker peace agreements between warring gang members.
Violence & Scariness
The focus on the show is on ending gang violence. Contains frequent discussions about gang shootings, murders, and retaliation. Occasionally gang members show off their bullet wounds.
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Frequent curses like “f--k,” and “s--t,” are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Contains occasional references to drinking and illegal drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this docuseries focuses on gang violence and one man's efforts to end it. The overall message is positive, but it contains frequent references to shootings, murders, and other violent behavior. Drugs and alcohol are sometimes discussed. The show contains lots of strong language, with words like "s--t," and "f--k" fully bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
The series, which is produced by rapper Ice-T highlights the attitudes surrounding gang activity that must change in order to end the violence, including concerns about appearing weak, and the desire for violent retaliation against other gangs. It also reveals some of the ways gangs organize and interact.
Some of the resolutions that take place on camera seem a bit simplistic, and one has to wonder if the gang members being featured here are playing up for the cameras. But the show's messages about ending gun violence and the need for peace are very real.
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