A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a satire with some positive messages about treating others with respect and kindness.
Positive Role Models
Though mostly a comedy of manners about selfish people, characters do exhibit honesty, compassion, and self-reflection.
Violence & Scariness
The series begins with the revelation that someone has died at The White Lotus resort, though viewers are left to wonder how until the end.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Male full-frontal nudity, simulated sex, and a lot of graphic discussion and joking about sex.
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Profanity is used heavily throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "d--k," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Some satire of consumer culture (one of the characters runs a tech company, and there's commentary on travel and resorts), but no actual product placement is featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen vaping, drinking alcohol, and using drugs (including ketamine, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription drugs) throughout.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The White Lotus is a comedy about the staff and tourists at a Hawaiian resort. The series features a lot of sexual content, including full-frontal male nudity. Profanity is used heavily throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "d--k," as well as some graphic jokes about sex. Drug use is also a major plot point, and in season one there are two teenage characters who vape marijuana and use ketamine and prescription drugs. Like some other HBO fare (Succession, Made for Love, Big Little Lies, etc.), its major focus is on the behavior of a group of rich, mostly White Americans, which is used to satirize class differences.
Is It Any Good?
The White Lotus is a class-conscious comedy of manners, and it gets a ton of mileage out of its incredible and deep cast, who each play their variations on upper-class entitlement with subtlety and humor. While this kind of story was out of fashion for many years, the popularity of shows like Succession and films like Parasite is proving that audiences are hungry for more content that addresses the growing financial disparities in the United States and beyond.
The main difference between The White Lotus and, for example, Succession, is that the characters mostly seem to have genuine, good intentions behind their actions, even if they're unaware of the role that money or race might play in them. This might make the satire a little less biting, but it's nice to have someone to root for.
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