A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Illusions are as much about encouraging self-deception as they are about deceiving others.
Positive Role Models
Cameron Black is narcissistic, cocky, and committed to his brother.
Violence & Scariness
Gunfire (pistols, other weapons visible). People are sometimes attacked, cars sometimes crash, and explosions can get big. Sometimes people get hurt. Arguments often lead to yelling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional innuendo, including references to having good sex.
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Products & Purchases
Chevrolet, ads for Las Vegas and NYC haunts visible. References to famous magicians.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (hard liquor), some drunkenness. Magic tricks are sometimes performed at bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deception is a dramatic series about an illusionist who uses his skills to help the FBI. There are lots of different magic tricks and illusions featured throughout, as well as some details about how they're performed. It's mild compared to other crime shows, but guns are fired, things explode, cars crash, and there's the occasional bloody wound. There's some sexual innuendo and social drinking, too. Magic is celebrated, and references to famous magicians like Penn & Teller and Criss Angel are common, but viewers of all ages shouldn't try the often dangerous tricks featured here at home.
Is It Any Good?
This fun but improbable series combines crime solving with illusions designed to deceive and entertain. It highlights how magic tricks are designed to misdirect, deceive others, and encourage the mind to deceive itself in order to make sense of things we don't (or refuse to) understand. It's this thinking that encourages the fictitious investigators to think differently about how they approach each case.
Like many of the tricks it showcases, Deception is a little over-the-top. Its storylines are pretty absurd, and these larger-than-life illusions are unlikely to play out in a real-life crime solving scenario. But like a good magician, it's a series that is asking you to accept the unbelievable, and enjoy the experience. Some viewers may be willing, but others may not have the patience to do so.
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