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Parents' Guide to

The Righteous Gemstones

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, language, nudity in fun Southern-fried satire.

TV HBO Comedy 2019
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Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 18+

"Common Sense" dropped the ball.

After reading the "Common Sense" review, I gotta wonder did your reviewer just watch the 1st episode and call it a day? The show gets far more graphic, and explicit as it goes. Also 15+? I don't know anyone with common sense who would recommend this show to anyone who isn't an adult?
age 18+

Spiritually bad for anyone of any age.

I’m not sure what this reviewer is talking about. This show is pretty disgusting and if you are a Christian it should down right offend you and bring you do fiction when watching it. I could not even get past the first episode becuase I already new what direction this was heading. Just like west world this show is not for Christians with values. Some people have a very low bar of what entertainment is. Please don’t listen to these raring and certainly do not let any kids of any age watch this garbage show.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Southern-fried and stupid fun, this raucous drama scores by fooling us into believing it's a mild satire of televangelists before taking a crazy leap off a cliff. No spoilers here, but viewers who think they're watching a gently ironic comedy that just intends to poke holes in the pray-for-pay industry will soon learn that what we have here is mayhem with a veneer of humor. Those who find Danny McBride's overly self-confident moron schtick tiresome will be relieved to find that this is truly an ensemble cast: the Gemstones hang out a lot together, preaching to their flock in front of the cameras before repairing for elaborate "church lunch" and the like, but the camera also follows each of the Gemstones home to find just what's lurking under the family's happy shiny surface.

McBride, as you may have guessed, is the architect of the family's current strife, as a past misdeed turns out to haunt him, putting his status as the ministry's heir apparent in jeopardy. He's got trouble at home too: one son has already disowned the whole family, while another (Kelton DuMont) is promising to bolt the second he turns 18. Meanwhile Kelvin lives in his brother's shadow (and has secrets of his own), while Judy stews jealously, infuriated that she often gets passed over in favor of her brothers. Not to worry, Judy: you're firmly in the thick of the family's new drama; good thing, too, since Patterson's muttered asides are one of the show's surest laugh-getters. But The Righteous Gemstones' real MVP is Goodman, who anchors the goofiness in gravitas and more than a hint of menace. This show is a real hoot, can we get an amen?

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