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