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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Show is about entrepreneurship, does a great job tracking its risks and rewards on both personal and company-wide levels. Subjects have wide range of points of view but tend to fight on behalf of greater good.
Positive Role Models
Nearly all the show's subjects are skilled at their vocations, have clear goals, have an awareness of how their actions effect those around them.
Violence & Scariness
Violence includes someone getting stabbed with a razor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some objectification of women by some of the male leads.
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Profanity includes "s--t," "hell"; words like "hooker" are used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink casually but not to excess. Drugs are mentioned in jokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Valley of the Boom is a series about the rise of three Silicon Valley tech companies in the mid-'90s. It uses both documentary and dramatization to explore how the early internet became the consumer marketplace it is today. There's some mild violence, profanity, and drinking, but it's essentially an educational show that is presented in an extremely entertaining fashion that families with teens interested in the history of the internet will enjoy.
Is It Any Good?
Using storytelling techniques ranging from documentary to dramatic reconstruction to, amazingly enough, interpretive dance, this is an ambitious and unruly show that is literally unlike anything currently on TV. Its closest comparisons are movies like The Big Short, which combines complex financial ideas with bold character and aesthetic choices, or American Animals, which similarly blurs the line between documentary and drama.
Not only does it entertain, but the raucous mishmash of approaches sneakily mirrors the internet itself, not to mention the chaotic tech boom of the mid-90s. Often, the kind of freewheeling stylistic choices that Valley of the Boom makes are used to hide a lack of actual substance, but this show's primary objective is to illuminate the origin of the internet as we know it. It's like writing code: a million tiny inputs ultimately create one clear picture.
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