Peacock’s Angelyne is an intriguing story with subpar writing. However, Rossum’s performance is masterful. Check out the details in my parents guide review.
Peacock’s Angelyne dropped its entire five-episode series on the streaming service this past week. The series revolves around the Hollywood Billboard icon of the 1980’s, Angelyne, her rise to fame, and the mystery of her past. Emmy Rossum, who is best known for her role in Shameless, portrays the bombshell and is unrecognizable in the role. Check out all the details in my parents guide review.
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ANGELYNE Parents Guide
“Angelyne” is about L.A.’s original billboard icon from the ’80s, who infiltrated pop culture and rose to fame when a series of billboards began to appear around L.A. featuring her signature curvy figure.
ANGELYNE Age Appropriate Parents Guide
Let’s take a look at what parents need to know before letting their kids watch Peacock’s Angelyne.
Language: Angelyne contains strong language, with profanity used throughout. Lookout words include: f*ck, sh*t, wh*re, a**, g-d d*mn, horny, hard-on, and more.
Mature Content: The series revolves around a sex symbol who is famous for being on billboards in Hollywood, so the character is regularly shown in scantily clad outfits which expose much of her breasts. The characters are also shown drinking and partaking in drugs. While there are no sex scenes to speak of, the show has many discussions about sex, being a wh*re, hard-ons, and has scenes with characters passionately making out. There are also some scenes which show emotionally abusive parents who lock a child in the closet, which could be triggering for some viewers.
Peacock’s Angelyne feels like something straight out of our current reality TV fame stars, much like we saw when Paris Hilton hit success and, more recently, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Angelyne’s story is truly intriguing; she rose to fame due to perseverance, being determined and driven, a little luck, and an ample sized chest. She was the face of Hollywood billboards for over a decade, and even made it onto the big screen for her looks and personality alone. Angelyne was undoubtedly a pioneer of fame, simply for being famous and strikingly beautiful. With such an interesting story and a rise to stardom, this campy sort of mockumentary does not give her notoriety justice. The storytelling and writing make this eccentric pink bombshell’s life seem rather drab in delivery.
What makes Angelyne a watch-worthy miniseries is the performance by Emmy Rossum, who is best known for her role on Showtime’s Shameless. Rossum is unrecognizable as she transforms herself into Angelyne, down to the high-pitched voice and set of prosthetic breasts. She embodies Angelyne’s persona, exhibiting confidence and drive while also showcasing her virtues and an unwavering stance on sticking to them. This was evident in her being approached by Hugh Hefner to have her appear in Playboy, to which Angelyne responded with a hard no.
We live in a world where “being famous for being famous” is not only apparent in celebrities such as the Kardashians, but also in every influencer who strives to deliver that perfect photo on Instagram in hopes of going viral. Teen girls look up to figures like Kim Kardashian, who rose to fame due to a sex tape. Yet, it is stories like Angelyne’s that should be celebrated. Sure, she was never shy about exposing as much cleavage as her blouse could spare, but she stuck to her morals and beliefs and exuded “girl power” pride, which are admirable traits. Not only did she pioneer fame for fame’s sake, but she also had class while doing it. These days, we know it doesn’t take talent to become famous, but there is little if any morals when pursuing social greatness. People seem to be willing to do literally anything to become popular, and even the risk of being cancelled has begun to ring hollow in society’s ears. One might ask, “What’s Next?” if this is where we have gotten to with humanity. Well, I, for one, hope that history repeats itself in this situation, as we could all learn something from Angelyne.