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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Major themes include ambition, revenge, political maneuvering, and love. A woman-dominated monarchy is explored.
Positive Role Models
Catherine de' Medici is prone to corruption and manipulation due to her upsetting past. She is cruel to her servants and "trusts no one."
The show explores Renaissance-era characters from different countries, but largely lacks diversity. A character with dwarfism is mocked as a "fool" and a character of African decent is referred to as "it" instead of her name.
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Violence & Scariness
Beatings, kidnapping, torture, suicide, and sexual assault are featured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo are made between characters. Scenes include nudity and sexual acts.
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Cursing, including "bitch" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine drinking is frequent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Serpent Queen is a historical mini-series based on the novel Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda. Starz, known for its historical dramas (Becoming Elizabeth), has created another peak inside of 1500's Europe. The series stars Samantha Morton and Charles Dance. Major themes include ambition, revenge, political maneuvering, and love. The show is intended for mature audiences as it includes nudity, cursing, and mature story lines.
Is It Any Good?
The show provides a unique version of a complicated story from French history. The Serpent Queen stands out for its use of modern language in the Renaissance-era and Catherine consistently breaking the fourth wall to speak directly to viewers. While the show is raunchy and lacks diversity, it's an engrossing watch for those interested in the featured time period, the French monarchy, or the Medici family. The crossing timelines will leave viewers wanting to know more about Catherine's past and present.
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