Parents' Guide to

The Plot Against America

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Disturbing dystopia has violence, cursing, mature themes.

TV HBO Drama 2020
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This dystopian series offers a disturbing look at what the United States could have looked like in the 1940s had the nation chosen to follow a populist presidential candidate. However, woven throughout the fictional narrative is a discourse that reflects some of the politics of the time, including the very real anti-Semitic rhetoric from popular aviator and Nazi sympathizer Charles Lindbergh. It also draws obvious parallels to actions taken by the Trump Administration, which have led to discriminatory behavior against certain communities.

The story world is constructed from the Levin family's point of view, making it easier for viewers to appreciate how the once-close, ordinary American family starts to unravel thanks to a political climate that is confirming their worst fears, and destroying their American Dream. Inevitably, relationships become strained, and events become more dramatic as the country's conservative leaning's gives way to fascism. Ultimately, The Plot Against America works as a warning to all about what the United States could become if populism goes unchecked.

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