A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series deals with some very difficult, complex issues -- including violent pasts, racism, homelessness, and other issues. But these topics are addressed within the context of discovery and understanding. Themes include compassion and empathy.
Positive Role Models
Jenks attempts to be as sensitive and non-judgmental as possible when spending time with the people whose lives he's documenting.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the people that Jenks moves in with have violent pasts. Others become violent (pushing, shoving, hitting) when Jenks asks questions and/or when cameras are filming them.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual innuendo. Some of the people Jenks lives with admit to being promiscuous; references are made to sexual activities. Jenks is shown peeing against a wall (but no nudity is shown). References to sex workers.
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Words like “bitch” are audible, while curses like “s--t” and “f--k” are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible consumption of beer, hard alcohol (like vodka), and mixed drinks. Alcoholism and drugs are discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that World of Jenks -- a documentary series that follows filmmaker Andrew Jenks as he lives with strangers to learn more about their lives -- explores some mature topics, including child abandonment, homelessness, racism, violence, alcoholism, and more. But it does so with the express purpose of learning more about people to better understand them. You can also expect some strong language (though the strongest words are bleeped), sexual innuendo, and drinking (beer, hard liquor). Some of the people Jenks gets to know have violent pasts; occasionally, arguing, pushing, shoving, and hitting are visible.
Is It Any Good?
The show has a lot to offer, but the half-hour episodes don't allow enough time to fully appreciate what Jenks learns from each experience. And viewers don't really get enough time to familiarize themselves with the people Jenks shadows either. But overall, the series is an interesting -- and insightful -- look at the lives of people throughout America.
World of Jenks follows the in the storytelling footsteps of Jenks' critically acclaimed film Andrew Jenks, Room 335, which documented his time living in a senior assisted living facility at the age of 19. Like the film, the show offers viewers a unique chance to gain a better, more perceptive understanding of people's lives -- without relying on preconceived notions and/or stereotypes.
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