A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It brings attention to the role of the Black porter in the North American railway industry, and how they fought for worker protections and civil rights. Themes include family, friendship, community, as well as racism, classism, Prohibition, and others.
Positive Role Models
Black Canadians worked hard to organize and secure better working conditions for Black railway porters. Many Caucasian police officers, business owners, folks holding economic and political power engage in racist behavior.
The series features a Black-dominant cast, and focuses on the history about Black Canadians in the railway industry.
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Violence & Scariness
Slapping and other physical altercations are shown. An accidental death is featured; the corpse is visible and blood is shown. Racist acts are also shown; some are more overt than others.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's strong innuendo, ranging from relationships with mistresses, references to sex work, and scenes of people in bed and partially dressed.
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Words like "hell," "bitch," and curses like "s--t" are audible. The word "f--k" is muted.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor, wine, etc.) and cigarette smoking is frequent. Bootlegging is a theme.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Porter is a dramatic series about the efforts of 1920s Black-Canadian railway porters to build a union and receive equal protections under the law. There are mature themes addressed, ranging from racism and classism to infidelity and death. There are violent moments, and blood is sometimes visible. It also features some sexual content, cursing (the word "f--k" is muted), and lots of cigarette smoking and drinking, presented in a historical context. The series sheds light on the important role of Black-Canadian porters, and their communities, in the fight for equity and inclusion in North America.
Is It Any Good?
This well-produced, highly stylized series tells the story of railway workers from Canada and the United States working together to create the world's first Black union. In doing so, it paints a picture of Black Canadian communities in the post-WWI era, most of which were tied to the rail industry. Meanwhile, the individual plot lines of the ensemble cast, all of which are dramatically entertaining, highlight the various efforts Black Canadians made to challenge the racist legal measures and social norms imposed on on them. Overall, The Porter is a solid series that sheds light on an interesting piece of North American Black history.
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