American Gangster

2006 TV-14 2 seasons

American Gangster

2006 TV-14 2 seasons
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In this gripping documentary series from BET, Golden Globe winner Ving Rhames narrates profiles of history's most infamous African American crime figures, delving into the private life and criminal exploits of each subject. Photographs and film clips illustrate eyewitness and law enforcement accounts of Frank Lucas (subject of the film American Gangster), Philadelphia's Black Mafia, Larry Hoover, Nicky Barnes, the Beltway Snipers and others.
Barry Michael Cooper, Nelson George, Cornell Jones, Ving Rhames, Alex Alonso, Bernard Parks, Chaz Williams
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2006) - 2 discs

Golden Globe-winning actor Ving Rhames narrates this documentary series that profiles notorious African-American criminal figures, reexamining their crimes, exploring their personal lives and analyzing their effect on the black community. In each episode, the series draws from archival footage, revealing interviews and authentic court records to separate truth from fiction and demystify the life of criminal infamy.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this compelling documentary series examines the lives of contemporary African-American criminals like Crips gang co-founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams and crack dealer "Freeway Ricky" Ross. Though the subject matter is mature and often explicit (in one episode, footage of prostitutes is shown as the narrator explains that women traded sex for drugs on the street corners of Los Angeles), the people being profiled aren't glorified. The series' goal is to understand these people and the impact they had on their communities.

Sexual Content

Discussion of trading sex for drugs in at least one episode.


Gun use is rampant. Given that many of the episodes deal with drug use and gang warfare, there's quite a bit of threatened violence.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Although criminal behavior is discussed in detail, the overall message is that crime never pays. Not only will you get caught, but you'll hurt many more people than yourself.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drugs play a prominent role in each episode.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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