Parents' Guide to

Tin Star

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Murder, mayhem, twisted storylines in violent drama.

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

This is not for young teens

There’s a reviewer here that says this show isn’t for adults. Let’s be clear: This site is called Common Sense Media It’s not called “Buttoned Down Amish Mormon Quaker Media” Of COURSE It’s ok for fully emotionally functioning adults to watch. What a stupid review. Guidance on the UK DVD is 18. People are brain dead There is a lot of swearing. There is violence because the storyline dictates it. There are so many gun deaths in the US (and Canada) compared to the UK that it is only shocking if you live under a rock with no access to TV or any form of media. There is a bunch of inappropriate stuff like prostitution and other “real life because this stuff happens” situations. If your 16 year old has no idea that: People die by shooting Prostitution is the oldest profession in the known world People swear because they can and because sometimes F**k is the only word for it People have addictions Then firstly you have not prepared your child for the real world in any useful way and allowing him or her to watch Tin Star is the least of your problems and secondly you really shouldn’t be worrying about what tv they might watch... the world is a much more dangerous place!
age 18+

Depraved. Multiple scenes of sex and nudity. Violent, and bloody.

The expert review should’ve started with that. I don’t recommended it for adults. Def not for any kids.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (5 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though it reaches for Fargo or Breaking Bad-type regular-people-doing-very-bad-things mayhem, this series' clichéd writing and characterizations keep it from classic status. Roth is, as always, terrific, the best part of the show; Abigail Lawrie is also a realistically cranky teen and a compelling performer. But most of the other actors aren't given as much to chew on, locked as they are into types: Big Business villains, an aging hero looking to right past wrongs, complicated criminals. As the drama jumps back and forth in time, showing us Jim before Little Big Bear, the unspoiled wilderness he moved to, and the thoroughly spoiled oil town it turned into a year after North Stream Oil made the scene, it hits the same beats as the other modern antihero dramas it's clearly inspired by.

Yet Tin Star does have a couple of shiny spots. Its Canadian setting is a wonder and a beauty, injecting a little bit of (ever so slightly) foreign intrigue into the goings-on for people who live in towns without roaming bears and powerful tribal interests. A subplot about Anna's love interest and his connection to Jim is twisted and Shakespearean, and a criminal quartet that emerges from Jim's past is fun. But the drama doesn't rise to the level of true artistry -- it's a "watch if nothing else is on" show, not appointment TV.

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