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Television | BBC series Bodyguard offers thrills and intrigue, but with objectionable content
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 12/13/18, 04:46 pm

Terrorist bombings, political intrigue, an affair, and assassination attempts: Bodyguard serves up all these ingredients and more. The British drama spiced up with American action scenes has earned high ratings in the U.K. and on Netflix. But be warned this BBC series has earned its TV-MA rating.

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Crossover comedy

Television | Nate Bargatze’s laid-back humor appeals to audiences on both sides of America’s religious and political divides
by Megan Basham
Posted 12/13/18, 04:00 pm

The Netflix series The Standups is officially rated TV-MA, for “mature audiences.” For those unfamiliar with the TV and streaming rating system, that’s essentially like an R rating for movies. So it’s ironic there’s nothing in the show’s first episode, featuring comedian Nate Bargatze, that would warrant so much as a PG-13. In fact, without a single instance of even mild profanity, and only one joke that trades on potty humor, his set would likely struggle to rate a PG.

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Mysterious Homecoming

Television | Bad language and depictions of adultery mar an otherwise compelling series
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 11/20/18, 12:27 am

If you’re an Amazon Prime customer, you’ve seen a lot of hype for Homecoming, a new series of 10 half-hour episodes released in early November. Critics love the show. Should you watch too?

Julia Roberts stars as Heidi Bergman, the head of a transition center, helping veterans whose combat memories make normal life difficult. Despite thin credentials, Heidi runs the isolated campus as its primary counselor. One patient, Walter Cruz (Stephan James), recalls every detail of the death of one of his men and blames himself for his friend’s demise.

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