A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Ultimately, this a story about creative people becoming artists. The road there, however, is about violent crime and selling drugs.
Positive Role Models
In real life, members of the Wu-Tang Clan are incredibly successful artists and businessmen. On the show, they often fall into stereotypical roles and actions.
Violence & Scariness
The show is essentially a crime drama, so violence is often present, including a lot of gunplay.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex, male nudity, and sexist language.
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Profanity is abundant: the n-word, "f--k," "s--t," etc.
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Products & Purchases
The show is PR for the Wu-Tang Clan, but there's some light consumerism here and there, most of which is for nostalgic effect.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke, and the main storyline has to do with drug dealers, so drugs are omnipresent.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wu-Tang: An American Saga is a crime drama loosely based on the early careers of the Wu-Tang Clan, a nine-member rap group from Staten Island. The show focuses on the mythology behind the group, including their early days as criminals and aspiring musicians. As such, the show depicts street violence, sexual situations including simulated sex, and drug use. Profanity is abundant, including the n-word, "f--k," and "s--t." Unfortunately, though the show's based on true stories, it's a heavily-cliched depiction of street life -- but fans of the group will be interested.
Is It Any Good?
The story of the Wu-Tang Clan is absolutely legendary, but not for the reasons this series chooses to focus on. In real life, the RZA and the other eight members of the group revolutionized the music industry and empowered individual artists at a time when record labels were flourishing. But this miniseries chooses to focus less on the group's business acumen, and more on the mythology behind the group. That means Wu-Tang: An American Saga routinely falls into crime story cliches and renders its characters in broad strokes. While it's delightful to see young versions of beloved musicians (and the casting here is incredible), the show as a whole feels inessential -- more like a side-project than a major release.
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