A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
As with most crime shows, any positive messages (about perseverance or courage, for example) are entrenched in a mostly amoral world.
Positive Role Models
Characters may make moral, ethical choices, but they do so mostly within the framework of a criminal organization.
Violence & Scariness
A show about drug dealers and a criminal underworld, violence -- especially gun violence -- is nearly always present on Top Boy: Summerhouse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Top Boy: Summerhouse contains moderate sexual content, including simulated sex. The original series (also on Netflix) contains a scene with full frontal male nudity.
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A lot of profanity is used: the f-word, the c-word, "sh*t," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Outside of the drug trade, no consumerism is present.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink, smoke, use drugs, and sell drugs, often to a violent end.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Top Boy: Summerhouse is a crime drama about two drug dealers operating in the East London public housing projects. The original Top Boy series aired in the 2010s, and after rapper Drake signed on as Executive Producer Netflix revived the show and set it a few years later with much of the original cast. Top Boy: Summerhouse features gun violence, simulated sex, drug use, and a lot of profanity.
Is It Any Good?
Though it's mostly by-the-numbers plotwise, this series has a couple of fun things going for it. Top Boy: Summerhouse's history makes the characters feel lived in and relaxed, like the audience has just happened to turn the corner into the housing works where the primary action takes place. There's no exposition dump of the sort that weighs down a lot of new ensemble-driven dramas. And the setting feels unique. Not the depiction of the drug trade itself, which feels like a knockoff of The Wire after years of diminishing returns, but East London, a complex and underseen area that here feels ripe with discovery and dramatic possibility.
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