A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Series addresses racial bias, political corruption, classism, other issues that make Chicago complicated and divided.
Positive Role Models
Everyone is flawed in some way, and some characters make better decisions than others.
Violence & Scariness
A police shooting is catalyst for stories presented. Guns and bloody wounds. Physical assaults that include pushing, shoving, and slamming heads against a table.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting and mild romantic exchanges between married couples, but feelings also reveal themselves as relationships develop. Teen pregnancy addressed.
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"Damn," "hell," "piss."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Beer drinking and shots visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Red Line is a dramatic miniseries that explores the political and racial tensions in Chicago. Race-related violence (including acts committed by police) is a key theme. A shooting death (with bloody gunshot wounds) and other physical assaults are visible. Words like "piss" and "damn" are audible, and drinking (beer, shots) is also visible.
Is It Any Good?
This intense series highlights the complicated nature of Chicago's sociopolitical landscape through the personal stories of families impacted by it in very different ways. While it uses the all too frequent violent death of a black man at the hands of a police officer as the starting point for the three narratives, it underscores the fact that the shooting, and subsequent events, are occurring in a city that celebrates a uniquely rich history and long-standing traditions while simultaneously being guided by a corrupt and racially unequal system. It can be melodramatic at times, and the relationships between characters range from being awkward to predictable. But The Red Line is also heartfelt, and it attempts to offer a realistic portrayal of the history, politics, and culture dividing the city.
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