Parents' Guide to

The Red Line

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heartfelt series explores racial bias, violence in Chicago.

TV CBS Drama 2019
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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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