Top Boy: Summerhouse

TV review by Martin Brown, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

British crime drama revival feels real but lacks drama.

Netflix Drama 2019

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+

Gratuitous violence, shocking, and depressing

Gory, explicit, gratuitous violence. They say the F word every second and I mean EVERY SECOND, so it starts to sound really stupid and overdone. The drama, spectacle, tension and thrill is there, acting is good, filming is good, but it's depressing and you know every episode something really awful will happen any moment. There are long scenes of heads getting battered to death and people getting stabbed multiple times. There is glamourisation here in that it's still drama, exciting, and on tv, though probably true to what actually happens I'm just not sure it goes very deeply into why or how everyone really feels about how awful it all is. It's like East Enders on crack cocaine, so if you thought EE is depressing and full of sensational drama and horrible people then this is it x100. My main issue is the worry of the influence it has on the young and how all this bad language spoken by youngsters and gratuitous violence negatively affects our kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 12+

This title has:

Educational value

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