Parents' Guide to

The Politician

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, murder, dark dealings in high school-set drama.

TV Netflix Drama 2019
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

Great show but not for kids

I recently finished both seasons of the show, it’s definitely one of my favorite shows out there but really isn’t appropriate for anyone under 15. I haven’t seen anyone else really comment about this so I thought I should. While season 1 doesn’t go past the mention of sex and some very brief scenes, season 2 is almost entirely about sex. It’s mentioned consistently and you watch it happening, just, minus the nudity. Plus, the first half of the second season revolves around polyamorous relationships. The show is wonderfully written and to any parents reading this who are concerned by what I just said, your 15 year old kid knows more then you think. Watch it with or with out your kid, a lot of parents are saying that things need to be explained to your child while/after you’re watching but fun fact your kid knows what sex is at 15 and they probably know what polyamory is too. It’s a fantastic show overall
age 17+

Amazing

Great but very innapropiate

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (19 ):

This interesting artifact from the fertile mind of Ryan Murphy bears a lot of his hallmarks -- it isn't his best, but it has enough good soapy twists to pull viewers in anyway. With its scheming high schoolers intent on drama, the Murphy joint it most closely resembles is Glee, though The Politician's maneuverings are several shades darker: The Glee kids just wanted to pull it out at regionals, and there was no (spoiler alert! Beware!) suicide, sexual blackmail, or monstrous family members slowly murdering their loved ones.

Speaking of that last plot hook, it appears as though Murphy and fellow showrunners Brad Falchuk (Glee, Pose, American Horror Story) and Ian Brennan (Glee, Scream Queens) saw The Act, because Infinity and Dusty Jackson (Jessica Lange) are clearly a riff on Gypsy Rose and Dee Dee. The actors playing high schoolers are too old -- principals' ages range from 24 to 32 -- and there are so many different characters and schemes going that the whole story is a bit of a mess. Nonetheless, it's as smart and unpredictable as the best of Murphy's work, the cast is absolutely stellar, the story setup is weird and unique, and watching is a lot of fun. This isn't high art, but you may as well say goodbye to a few days when you start watching, because you'll be responding to that judgmental "Are you still watching ...?" Netflix button a few times before you can tear yourself away.

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