A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's not a lot of honest communication in this series, and everybody has secrets -- including a husband who's hiding an affair, another man who might be a serial killer, a teenage daughter who doesn't want to reveal that she's being harassed at school, and a murdered teacher with a secret lover. Even a cancer survivor takes care to wear a wig to disguise the impact of her treatment.
Positive Role Models
The two main characters are both hiding terrible secrets, and the effort of maintaining their lies takes a toll on their families.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes feature sudden and intense violence, including brutal murders. Some of the attacks are shown; others are implied but not shown. A husband controls his wife using both emotional abuse and sometimes physical intimidation. Several scenes seem to suggest imminent bloodshed and menace.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couples discuss having sex, and some near-nudity is visible in some episodes. Some talk about sex between teens.
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A fair amount of swearing, including "crap," "goddamn," "butt," "ass," "bastard," "prick," "balls," and "ratshit."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking by adults at bars and parties, and a few characters sometimes appear a little drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this creepy thriller creates a palpable sense of menace and gloom. One of the two main characters may be a serial killer; the other is a detective investigating the murders. Both are hiding dark secrets, and their combustible connection is exacerbated by the many lies that both of them tell to their families, friends, and co-workers. Some scenes include intense violence; there's also plenty of swearing and some references to sex. Young kids and tweens might be spooked by the show, but older teens and adults could be entertained by the dark atmosphere.
Is It Any Good?
Durham County has plenty of secrets beneath its well-manicured lawns. This enjoyable Canadian production isn't really a mystery, since the viewers know who the villain is from the start. Instead, it's more of a cat-and-mouse thriller, as Prager and Sweeney try to keep their personal connections to the crime hidden while implicating each other. The fun of the show is watching the two men gradually come unraveled as the police zero in on the killer -- and wondering how far each will go to protect themselves and their secrets.
The show creates an atmosphere of gloom and menace. Sweeney's teenage daughter likes to build crime scene dioramas, and his younger daughter likes to wear an unsettling mask for fun. There's a killer -- or maybe two -- running around town and a gang of predatory potential rapists in the high school. And what's the deal with the constant power plant imagery? Some of this helps boost the tension, but some seems unnecessary and sometimes distracts from what's otherwise a satisfying drama about the lengths that men will go to justify their choices to themselves.
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