George & Tammy TV Review (2024)

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

  • Positive Messages

    a little

    The positive messages are often cautionary ones in this tale about instability, addiction, and the shortcomings of fame. Money and success aren't enough to satisfy unbalanced appetites, and unfulfilled expectations lead to suffering.

  • Positive Role Models

    a little

    Wynette and Jones are both talented and passionate, but both allow their personal problems to overshadow their artistry. Both are addicts, and struggle with mental health and relationships with loved ones, including romantic and family relationships.

  • Diverse Representations

    a little

    Characters are all White, from a working-class Southern milieu.

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  • Violence & Scariness

    a little

    Violence has an intimate edge that's unnerving: A drunken character "ventilates" a tour bus by shooting holes into it as his friends cower, a man takes nude photos of his wife without her consent which he then uses to blackmail her. We also see Wynette having electroshock therapy, biting on a rubber teether before her body arches from a gurney in agony.

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  • Sex, Romance & Nudity

    some

    A sexual connection disrupts a marriage; we see characters flirting, then kissing, then in bed, passionately kissing and making suggestive motions and sounds.

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  • Language

    some

    Cursing includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitching," "goddammit," "son of a bitch," and slurs against women, such as when a man calls a woman a "lying whor*."

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  • Products & Purchases

    very little

    Jones' and Wynette's hit songs are frequently referred to and performed in full.

  • Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

    a lot

    We see Jones in particular guzzling liquor in many scenes, and referring, often jokingly, to being drunk out of his mind onstage and off. Both Wynette and Jones smoke cigarettes and the camera lingers on dramatic smoke trails. Wynette becomes addicted to pain pills, then injectable opioids.

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  • Parents Need to Know

    Parents need to know that George & Tammy is a limited series about the tumultuous lives and romantic relationship of country music stars George Jones (Michael Shannon) and Tammy Wynette (Jessica Chastain). Both were married as they met, yet began an affair that culminated in a marriage and many hit song; expect to see them flirting, kissing, in bed having sex with suggestive movements and noises (no private parts are visible). In less romantic moments, the two scream at each other and throw things. Jones is an alcoholic and we see him guzzling liquor frequently, as well as slurring his words and committing acts of violence, including overturning a table and shooting holes in the roof of a tour bus as bandmates cower. Both Jones and Wynette smoke cigarettes often, and physical injuries lead Wynette to become addicted to pain pills, then opioids that she injects. Cursing includes "f--k," "s--t," "son of a bitch," and "goddammit," while rough language includes slurs against women and sex workers: "lying whor*." Wynette and Jones share a passionate connection and have mutual respect for each other, but their substance abuse and untreated mental illness makes their relationship founder and then fail.

What's the Story?

GEORGE & TAMMY picks up in the 1960s, when George Jones (Michael Shannon) was the kind of country music with a string of hits to his name, and Tammy Wynette (Jessica Chastain) was just an ambitious opening act. Each was married to someone else, but they soon came together to create some of country's most enduring hits, as well as a relationship famous for its ups and downs. Together the two weather addictions and their own emotional instability on the way to both fame and infamy.

Talk to Your Kids About ...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to succeed in the country music industry. Why is it so competitive? Is it any harder to be a country singer than it is to become a successful singer in other genre of music?

  • Families can also talk about biographical movies. How can we determine what is true and/or what has been made up to make the story more dramatic or interesting? Does it matter? If it does, what resources are available to you to get the full story?

  • Did watching this film make you more aware of the dangers of alcoholism? How did George's drinking affect Tammy and her family?

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