A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Mostly for entertainment value, but viewers may gain insight into the investigative process used by some attorneys.
Compassionate main character realizes that just because a cause doesn't involve you directly, that doesn't mean you shouldn't get involved and try to help.
Positive Role Models
Joanna Hanley is a smart, successful attorney who goes against the wishes of her father/boss and boyfriend by agreeing to seek justice for the girls affected by a mysterious medical condition.
Violence & Scariness
Girls are shown having seizures, which some may find hard to watch; a character's car is forcibly run off the road; a dog is killed offscreen and its body is shown; a woman hits another woman in the face.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Discussion of teens possibly using inhalants to get high; adults drink wine and beer in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Burden of Truth is a legal drama about a big-city corporate lawyer who returns to her small hometown to investigate why local girls are falling ill and exhibiting unexplained neurological seizures. Kristin Kreuk (Smallville) embodies the lead with confidence, intelligence, and sympathy. The show's mystery unfolds intriguingly, and overall the content is appropriate for family viewing with teens. If your young teens are looking to transition to more mature programming, this is a good option.
Is It Any Good?
Surprisingly compelling, this series brings CW veteran Kristin Kreuk back to her small-town roots (she spent 10 years as Lana on the CW's Smallville). She's excellent as crusading lawyer Joanna Hanley, who returns to the hamlet of Millwood to solve one mystery but ends up finding another: why her family left this town in a hurry many years ago. The medical mystery is intriguing, and the plight of the affected girls is handled sensitively and with realistic teen emotion. Unfortunately, the personal drama involving Joanna's relationships with her father and boyfriend is much more predictable. That said, the Burden of Truth cast works well together, and Kreuk radiates compassion and intelligence that make her character's evolution from corporate stooge to committed justice seeker convincing.
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