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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gripping slave drama is great viewing for mature viewers.

TV WGN Drama 2016
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Sex scenes are uncomfortable

I didn't see any nudity, but there was a sex scene with sounds and movements in the first episode. There was more in the second episode so I quit watching it. I don't recommend it for kids because of it. It could be a good show but because of the scene(s), I won't be watching it anymore. Too bad they feel the need to insert sex into the show.

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Too much sex

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This gripping drama series does well by not shying away from the realities of the time. There's the daily life-and-death plight of the slaves, the stomach-turning callousness of the master and his wife toward their human chattel, and the self-sacrifice on the part of the white sympathizers who put themselves in the crosshairs to help the cause of freedom. Every character represents not only a personal cause but also the cause of an entire group of people from America circa 1860s, reflecting the complexities of human interaction and the implications of certain behavior at that time. In that regard, Cato and Rosalee stand out for their precarious positions between the races because of their loftier stations as overseer and house slave, respectively.

As true as it attempts to stay to the drama of the time, though, Underground's use of modern cinematography and music (courtesy of Kanye West, among others, and influenced by producer John Legend) sometimes interrupts the historical flow. Even so, this impressive drama delivers some good performances, including that of Christopher Meloni as the somewhat perplexing opportunist August Pullman; it's a story that makes you want to come back for more.

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