A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about honesty, loyalty, and doing the right thing.
Positive Role Models
Characters show bravery, compassion, and ingenuity.
Violence & Scariness
Violence, including sexual violence, is central to the plot. The series tends to show only what's necessary, though that includes rape of a 15-year-old girl.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content includes simulated sex, simulated rape, and discussions of sex and rape throughout the series.
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Profanity is used throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol throughout, and a Rohypnol-type drug comes into play as a plot point.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Nearly Normal Family is a Swedish crime drama (available dubbed in English) about a teenager on trial for murder. The series features sexual content, including simulated sex. An early rape scene is central to both the plot and theme of the series. Expect to hear profanity throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc.
Is It Any Good?
Though not nearly as graphic or fetishizing as much of the sexual violence depicted in prestige dramas (see Game of Thrones), the rape scenes in this Swedish crime drama don't quite sit right. A Nearly Normal Family attempts to show a family slowly unraveling after a traumatic event, but it's also beholden to creating mystery and suspense, which prevents the series from really diving into the personal fallout directly. As a result, the rapes are used almost entirely as plot points, which makes them feel exploitative. A Nearly Normal Family depicts a somewhat compelling mystery, but, depending on the viewer, its central flaw might be tough to look past.
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