2008 TV-MA 1 season


2008 TV-MA 1 season
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Based on the Oscar-winning film, this gritty Starz series examines the intertwining lives of several Los Angelenos as they attempt to cope with the city's confounding multiculturalism and their own chaotic quests for wealth and celebrity. Among those fighting for a share of California gold are record producer Ben (Dennis Hopper), real estate developer Peter (D.B. Sweeney), billionaire Seth (Eric Roberts) and immigrant Cesar (Luis Chávez).
Dennis Hopper, Ross McCall, Jocko Sims, Moran Atias, Tom Sizemore, Dana Ashbrook, Eric Roberts, Clare Carey, Luis Chávez, Jake McLaughlin, Nick Tarabay, Brian Tee, Arlene Tur, Linda Park
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 4 discs

Maverick record producer Ben (Dennis Hopper) searches for his last big hit in the melting pot of Los Angeles, where intertwining tales of the American dream collide in this gripping TV drama, based on Paul Haggis's Oscar-winning film of the same name. Like its source, the series -- which also stars Clare Carey, Ross McCall, Luis Chávez, Arlene Tur and D.B. Sweeney -- explores themes of racial tension and tolerance.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this series, like the 2006 Oscar-winning movie that inspired it, is intended for mature audiences. It explores complex social problems like racial tension and police corruption, and much of the characters' inappropriate behavior is meant to be examined within this intricate context. Language is strong and uncensored ("f--k," "s--t"), and racist epithets (including the "N" word) are used frequently. Shootings, stabbings, and other violent acts are visible; alcohol consumption and drug use (marijuana, cocaine, prescription pills) are frequent; and there's lots of sexual talk and even some partial nudity.

Sexual Content

Strong sexual innuendo and male and female nudity -- including bare breasts, buttocks, and brief images of male genitals. Lots of verbal and visual references to various sexual acts. Male police officers are shown sexually harassing women.


Frequent arguments between characters. Lots of guns and knives; people are shown getting shot, and bloody gunshot wounds are visible. Police officers are shown using excessive violence; a police officer is hired to act as a "hit man" for community leaders. Car crashes.


Strong, uncensored language, including frequent use of "f--k." Also contains racial slurs, including the "N" word.

Social Behavior

Characters are frequently shown engaged in disturbing and often illegal behavior, but it's presented within the context of identifying and exploring social problems. The cast is made up of various races/ethnic backgrounds, but characters are often intolerant of one another.


Occasional conversations about wealth/money and how to get it.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Visible consumption of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription drugs.

  • 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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