Parents' Guide to

The Underground Railroad

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Powerful alternate-history drama has graphic violence, sex.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Creative, important and brutal

This is an amazing show. I agree with the CSM review and only want to emphasize one point. The cruelty of the time is vividly depicted, as it should be. Just be sure the kids can handle it so the messages of story can be experienced.
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Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) directs this intense, compelling drama with a sense of visual storytelling that's rarely seen on television. Jenkins helms every episode of The Underground Railroad, and his touch elevates every minute of it. The series requires commitment from its viewers, because both the aesthetics and the content can be tough to grapple with. The Underground Railroad takes an unflinching look at slavery and other atrocities perpetrated against Black Americans, and it consistently dares viewers to wrestle with those things as they watch. It also moves slowly and deliberately, and there are touches of Westworld-style puzzlebox dramas and horror (not unlike Jordan Peele's Us) that may never fully pay off. But throughout the series, Jenkins creates elliptical, powerful, and challenging images that are unlike anything else on television.

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