A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive Role Models
Suzanne (Emily Deschanel) and Detective Lopez (Gerardo Celasco) are both doing their best to help Mae (Madeleine Arthur) escape from the cult she grew up in. As a psychiatrist, Suzanne uses her ability to connect with Mae through empathy and compassion. Suzanne, Mae, and Det. Lopez also show courage when facing down the cult.
While Gerardo Celasco is playing the only main character of color in the series, a few secondary characters are racially diverse, including Suzanne's adopted daughter Dani (Naomi Tan), Jules' friend Isaac Kimura (Jason Sakaki), Jules' crush Sebastian (Evan Ellison), nurse Adele (Marci T. House), and Helen's love interest Tatiana (Djouliet Amara). Isaac and Tatiana also provide LGBTQ+ representation. However, Isaac's love life isn't as fleshed out as Tatiana's, since she eventually develops a relationship with Helen. Isaac could be seen as a more stereotypical representation since he falls into the "gay best friend" trope.
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Violence & Scariness
Scary and tense scenes, scenes with or describing torture and gore, images of dead or dying animals. Most scares are atmospheric and eerie in nature. Violence includes death, allusions to domestic violence, and gun violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scenes with kissing, partial nudity (torso).
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Exclamatory use of "Jesus." "S--tty." Ableist use of "klepto" (making fun of someone by insinuating they are a kleptomaniac even though the condition is a rare mental illness).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Mention of sedatives for medical use in a hospital setting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Devil in Ohio is a scary mystery-drama about a girl who escapes a satanic cult and the psychiatrist who helps her. The series features discussions about satanism, which might not be great for families who are sensitive to discussions about the devil and cults. The series features scary and tense situations and scenes, as well as mentions and scenes with violence, including domestic violence, gun violence, and torture.
Is It Any Good?
This is a run-of-the-mill spooky mystery drama, but calling it "run-of-the-mill" doesn't mean it's bad. Indeed, Devil in Ohio hits all of the main beats fans of this genre love, while providing some YA content as well, with the central mystery revolving around a teenage girl and how that mystery comes to entangle many of the cast's teen characters. Overall, it's an easily bingeable show for fans of the types of creepy shows that might air during Fox's primetime hour.
If you liked Deschanel from her time on Bones, you'll like what she's doing in Devil in Ohio as well. Once again, she's a doctor, but instead of solving crimes, she's a hospital psychiatrist. But regardless, she's using her skills and abilities to help those in need. Arthur as Mae is also good as a girl who slowly unravels her trauma to become more empowered than she was before. As for the mystery itself, it's rife with eerie imagery and scares, as well as some torture. But as far as scary shows go, Devil in Ohio is light in actual terror and is more focused on atmospheric scares. Viewers who don't like watching anything regarding satanism might want to sit this one out. Otherwise, fans of light scares around spooky season should give Devil in Ohio a try.
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