A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Major themes include family dysfunction, dishonesty, and secret keeping; some characters get away with murder.
Positive Role Models
Most of the main characters are duplicitous to some degree, and several commit major crimes and cover them up; retribution is unclear.
Violence & Scariness
Dead bodies, including blood and charred human remains; shootings and physical violence; a major plot point involving child abuse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex; partial nudity (for example, bare buttocks in a scene where a man is changing).
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Unbleeped language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "c--k," plus slang such as "circle jerk."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Realistic depictions of drinking and drug use. A major character has problems with substance abuse (alcohol, prescription pills, cocaine) and is heavily involved in drug trafficking; other major characters drink socially, often to excess (habitual day-drinking, shots); others smoke cigarettes and pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bloodline centers on a seemingly happy family that begins showing signs of serious dysfunction. Death and murder are frequent themes, so you'll see lifeless bodies, blood, and charred remains, along with fistfights, shootings, and other physical violence. Drug trafficking also factors heavily into the plot, and several characters have problems with substance abuse (alcohol, pot, cocaine); many of the main characters are heavy social drinkers, too. Unbleeped swearing includes "f--k" and "s--t," and there's some simulated sex and partial nudity (bare backs, buttocks).
Is It Any Good?
One of the things this series does exceedingly well -- apart from serving as a showcase for stellar performances from its great cast -- is creating a palpable sense of place packed with blue skies, stunning shorelines, and balmy breezes that, when viewed from the comfort of your living room, feel so real that you start to pine for them. Contrast that with the series' darker themes of violence and retribution, and you've got an addictive mix of good and evil that's easy to OD on, which is precisely what its creators had in mind.
That said, Bloodline is more of a slow burn that takes its time divulging its secrets through creative storytelling, an approach that works well for binge watchers but might frustrate more traditional viewers who want their questions answered upfront. Nevertheless, it's one of Netflix's most intriguing offerings to date, presenting a complex tale of loss and family dysfunction with an ending you never quite see coming, no matter how soon you think you've got it figured out.
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