At Colony Bay, we do our best to provide an honest, smart, redemptive view of American history the whole family can watch. Since we’re parents ourselves, we always believe Dads and Moms should be involved in their family’s entertainment choices, but simple ratings don’t convey the depth of the content and never really please everyone. In that spirit, we give here a summary of the issues explored and our best guess as to the issues you may wish to review before viewing as a family.
Episode One of Courage, New Hampshire: “The Travail of Sarah Pine,”explores a rare phenomenon in New England jurisprudence — a paternity or bastardy trial. John Adams, the second President of the United States was retained as a lawyer in a few of these trials and both their rarity and their potential for drama illustrate the great value colonial society placed on intact families and covenant obligations. (The welfare of a child without a father devolved to the town of his birth and so small townships had an incentive to properly identify fathers and charge them with the care of their children.) Although there is no explicit sexual content, some parents and teachers may wish to review the episode and determine what portions are appropriate for young children.
Episode Two of Courage, New Hampshire: “The Sons of Liberty” explores the punishment for counterfeiting and burglary in colonial New Hampshire. The first scene depicts a hanging and a branding on the forehead, although the violence is largely implied. There is some very brief innuendo, but no explicit sexual content.
Episode Three of Courage, New Hampshire: “A Snake in the Garden” begins with a renewed effort on the part of royal governor John Wentworth to enforce the hated “White Pine Act,” which forbad farmers from clearing their land to feed their families. A very ambitious pastor, Silence Laud, feels stunted in Courage. Some implied violence and a small degree of innuendo.
Episode Four of Courage, New Hampshire: “Ambition” tells the story of how an unscrupulous and deceptive pastor is discovered spying on the township, on behalf of royal governor Wentworth. The story line refers to the punishment dealt out to those who abuse women, and there is some reference to sexuality, without any visualization. One shooting is depicted, with some blood. Some slapping and hitting.