A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Importance of friendship, community, family are themes. Personal stories include illness, and difficulties that come with aging, death, deportation, etc.
Positive Role Models
Family and friends living at The Village come from all walks of life, have different life stories. They all work together to help each other.
Violence & Scariness
A veteran has PTSD. War, injuries, and death are discussed. A man who died in his sleep is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo, including some references to women's backsides. Dating, past relationships, and marriage are discussed. Teen pregnancy is addressed; safe sex and abortion are discussed.
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The occasional "damn" and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
The Apple logo is prominently displayed on computers and tablets.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (beer, hard liquor) consumed in social settings. One cast member owns a bar. An elderly cast member peddles cough syrups and prescription medication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Village is a dramatic series about the close-knit group of residents of a Brooklyn apartment building. It deals with a range of mature subjects ranging from single parenthood and teen pregnancy to coping with illness, aging, and threats of deportation. There's some sexual innuendo, social drinking, and references to prescription drug selling. The Apple logo is prominently displayed on laptops and tablets. Even though it's a bit melodramatic, it also contains positive messages about family and community.
Is It Any Good?
This melodramatic character-driven series offers some emotionally over-the-top storylines, the purpose of which is to pull audiences into a moving viewing experience. The cast is likable, but they aren't very believable thanks to superficial and clichéd dialogue. Meanwhile, despite some very contemporary (and potentially tragic) narratives, they go in directions that seem more predictable than poignant. As a result, the positive messages that The Village offers about the importance and power of family and friendship are delivered as part of a misguided, artificial formula that feels like it's designed to exploit people's feelings rather than entertain them with a well-crafted story.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.