A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Fighting drug lords, even if it means taking the law into your own hands to do it, is a plot line. Police corruption, family dysfunction, and the strong relationship between a grandfather and granddaughter are also major themes.
Positive Role Models
Tirso Abantos is a military veteran who is tough, blunt, often unpleasant, occasionally racist, and believes in doing the right thing. He also cares very much about his granddaughter. Some parents are more attentive than others when it comes to their kids. A detective is corrupt.
Irene is Vietnamese-Spanish; the woman who plays her is Spanish-Thai. Some characters are from Latin and South America.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns, heated arguments, yelling, threats, etc. is commonplace. Gang and sexual violence are also themes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Intense sexual content, ranging from visible nudity (breasts) and explicit sexual activity, to interactions with sex workers. Extramarital relationships are also referenced.
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There's lots of cursing ("s--t," "f--k" and others) in Spanish, which are dubbed in English and present in the subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Spanish gang-fueled drug trade is central to the series. A kilo of heroine is visible, and people are shown high and drunk. There's also lots of cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wrong Side of the Tracks is a Spanish crime drama (which is both dubbed and subtitled in English) that focuses on the drug trade, and on the love-hate relationship between a grandfather and his granddaughter. Drinking and drugs (specifically heroin) are visible, as are dealers and addicts. Violence, including sexual violence, is a theme, and guns, blood, and aggressive interactions are frequently shown. There's some intense sexual content, including nudity and simulated sex acts, lots of cursing, and lots of cigarette smoking. There's also some racist language toward Asians and Latin Americans.
Is It Any Good?
This gritty series offers a solid storyline filled with criminal elements, corruption, and revenge. However, Wrong Side of the Tracks is more like a dramatic procedural than an action-series, and spends a lot of time focusing on the love-hate relationship between Tirso Abantos and his granddaughter. Some viewers may find this tedious, especially given how unlikable they both can be, but it also makes it interesting. Overall, it's a standard crime drama narrative that has some heft to it.
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