Touch

Common Sense Media says

Kiefer's emotional drama explores fatherhood, connections.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's premise is that all people are interconnected in some way -- expressing the idea that we have more in common with others than we might think. The relationship between the father and son highlights the often poignant challenges that come with raising and understanding a special needs child.

Positive role models

Martin is an overtaxed single father who loves his special needs son and is committed to doing whatever he needs to do to help him. He works hard to understand what his son is trying to communicate, even under frustrating circumstances.

Violence

The boy's mother died on 9/11, and there are references to the terrorist attack. Bombing attempts, fiery traffic accidents, and other violent events sometimes form part of the storyline. Occasional images of people pushing, shoving, and punching.

Sex

Subtle references to prostitution.

Language

Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible.

Consumerism

Apple laptops. Various cell phone brands are occasionally visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking is visible at bars and social functions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this emotional drama explores heavy themes like the loss of a parent, raising a special needs child, and the interconnectedness of all humans. Violence -- including bombings, car accidents, and references to 9/11 -- is part of some storylines. There are also a few references to sexuality, some mild language, and occasional social drinking.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Kiefer Sutherland stars in TOUCH as Martin Bohm, a former reporter, 9/11 widower, and single father. His son, Jake (David Mazouz), is an emotionally challenged 11-year-old who won't speak, resists human contact, and is obsessed with numbers. Over time, Martin realizes that his son isn't just trying to communicate with numbers but is actually using Fibonacci number sequences (numeric sequences that connect seemingly unrelated things) to predict events before they happen. With the help of Professor Arthur Teller (Danny Glover) and social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Martin follows the roadmaps created by Jake's numeric sequencing in order to understand what it is that his son is telling him -- and to potentially stop something from happening. As a result, he changes the destiny (often unknowingly) of different people around the world.

Is it any good?

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This intelligent, well-written series tells an interesting story by combining the events of 9/11, mathematical theory, and the challenges that come with raising a child with special needs to create a backdrop for each episode's story. Watching how each narrative impacts select individuals around the world is also very compelling.

While Jake's gifts are somewhat supernatural, the show does a good job of highlighting the complex challenges that come with trying to communicate with a child who can't do so in traditional ways. It also reminds us that people, like numbers, are interconnected in ways that we can't even dream of.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how disability is portrayed in the media. What messages do you get about the boy's abilities and disabilities from Touch? How accurately does the show depict living with a disability? Do you think fictional shows are suited to help educate viewers about disorders like autism, etc.?

  • How do numbers come into play in this show? Do you think math is a good way of understanding how the world works? Do you think shows like this one could make math more interesting to teens?

TV details

Cast:David Mazouz, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kiefer Sutherland
Network:Fox
Genre:Drama
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Misfits and underdogs
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old Written bySquishee0302 January 27, 2012
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One of my favorite shows so far!

OMG i am 12 years old going on 13 and it is one of the best shows i have EVER seen.. I recommend you watch it!! Who ever watches it i hope you enjoy it!!

Kid, 12 years old Written bySwit Swat January 26, 2012
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Exciting drama about a kid who can predict the future!

This is a must-see drama! It's fast-paced and every episode will leave you guessing what will happen next. The story revolves around the relationship of a father and his autstic child, whom lost her mother during 9/11. When the father discovers that his child can predict the future, he then realizes that this is how he will be able to communicate will him. This is a perfect drama for teens and adults alike. The series includes some violence. This includes, fistfights, explosions, etc. Sexual material is very mild. In the pilot episode, a man and a very young chinese woman discuss what is obviously meant to be sex (man says he'll wash up so he can take off her pretty clothes afterward). Mild language such as d-mn and h-ll can be heard. Some consumerism and social drinking too. That's about it. If you're a teen or adult looking for a good drama, watch this!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old April 27, 2012
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10
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Touch

it is a show that is really cool

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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