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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Series teaches about the history of voting and elections in the United States, though some complex topics and vocabulary may be over kids' heads.
Emphasizes the importance of voting, but also shows real-life examples of practices like voter suppression.
Positive Role Models
This series features activists who fight to help more people vote. It also features people from past and present who have taken steps to make it harder for disenfranchised people to vote.
Violence & Scariness
Moderate violence and scariness as historical events are discussed. There are videos and pictures of police brutality, but it is not graphic (only pushing and shoving are shown). There is video footage of upsetting news stories, but the footage itself is not scary (for example, the Sandy Hook shooting is mentioned and the accompanying footage shows adults crying).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One episode talks about how "adult content" is protected under free speech with an accompanying illustration of a very pixilated male genitalia on a computer screen. It's fleeting and unlikely to be noticed by kids, but it's there.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Whose Vote Counts, Explained is a Vox-produced miniseries that explains the history, mechanics, and injustices of elections in the United States. There is a moderate amount of violent and scary content as historical events are discussed. There are videos and pictures of police brutality against Black people, but it's not graphic (pushing and shoving are shown). Upsetting news stories are mentioned, but footage itself is not scary. (For example, during the segment about the Sandy Hook shooting, the accompanying footage shows adults crying). Sex is not a focus, but in one episode a fleeting and obscured cartoon image of male genitalia is shown as the narrator says "adult content." The overall gist of the series is that the election process in the U.S. is broken. Whose Vote Counts, Explained gives kids an idea of how complex, and sometimes unfair, electing national leaders really is.
Is It Any Good?
This series does a great job of connecting the history of voting and elections in America to issues still present in our electoral system. It's definitely aimed at adults first, and fans of John Oliver's exhaustively researched deep dives into a subject will enjoy Whose Vote Counts, Explained. The series is produced by left-of-center Vox Media, and so your family's political leanings will likely color your thoughts on how the narrative is presented in this series.
Some of the vocabulary and concepts will definitely be over kids' heads (and truthfully, some adults' heads as well because the electoral college is so nonsensical). Teens and tweens who are interested in politics and current events, especially during an election year, will appreciate learning more about how the American voting system really works. This series does not shy away from tough issues in America's history, including how various groups of Americans have been disenfranchised and treated unfairly. It definitely presents a more nuanced and skeptical view of the political process than kid-focused election content like Schoolhouse Rock. Watching this series will inspire many kids to ask "why do we do it this way?" and "how can we fix it?".
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