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The Village

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Melodramatic, predictable series has mature themes.

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Positive Messages

Importance of friendship, community, family are themes. Personal stories include illness, and difficulties that come with aging, death, deportation, etc. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

A veteran has PTSD. War, injuries, and death are discussed. A man who died in his sleep is shown.  

Sex

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. 

Language

The occasional "damn" and "hell."

Consumerism

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. 

What 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. 

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What's the story?

THE VILLAGE is a dramatic series about the close-knit group of residents of a Brooklyn apartment building. It stars Michaela McManus as Sarah Campbell, a nurse and single mom to Katie (Grace Van Dien), a creative teen with a passion for social justice. Based on Sarah's recommendation, Iraqi war veteran Nick Porter (Warren Christie) moves in with some stories of his own. Meanwhile, law student Gabe (Daren Kagasoff) is trying to balance school, an internship, taking care of his strong-willed grandfather (played by Dominic Chianese), and keeping neighbor Ava (Moran Atias) from being deported. Luckily, neighbors like Ben (Jerod Haynes) are willing to watch over Ava's son Sami (Ethan Maher) while she's being detained. Throughout it all, building superintendent Ron and his wife Patricia (Frankie Faison and Lorraine Toussaint) actively work at keeping this special family together. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the devices used by shows and movies like The Village to elicit emotional responses from audiences. Have you ever felt manipulated by something you watched? How did you know? 

  • Is your family close with your neighbors? What kinds of activities do you do together? What makes someone feel like family?

TV details

For kids who love family drama

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