A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Coding and business terms are used.
Think outside the box. Persevere toward your goals. Never give up on your vision.
Positive Role Models
The members of Spotify's founding team persevere toward their goal, even in the face of challenges like rejection.
Daniel grew up in a single-parent household with his mom. Bobbi T is a Black female singer who supports Daniel in his endeavors.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two characters lie naked in a bed in a later episode.
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There is some cursing, like "f--king" and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
The show highlights the advantages of Spotify as a streaming service.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Meetings promoting the Spotify vision are frequently held at bars and clubs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Playlist is a fictional portrayal of the origins of the streaming service Spotify. The show is filmed in Swedish and available in English and other languages. The first episode is told from the perspective of Spotify co-founder Daniel Ek (Edvin Endre), and the following episodes show the vantage points of others involved in the company's early stages. There's some nudity and cursing, as well as scenes depicting drinking in nightclubs and bars. Perseverance is a major theme.
Is It Any Good?
The darkness of the drama conveys the struggle it took to revolutionize the music industry. The Playlist is creative in showing how Spotify came to be from multiple perspectives. It motivates with its portrayal of perseverance and hooks viewers with a high-interest topic, since Spotify has over 400 million users. The pace may be a bit slow for some, but each episode sets up for the next one in a way that will keep people watching.
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