A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This show's theology may confuse viewers, but it's clear that the narrative's sympathies are on the side of kindness and peace.
Positive Role Models
Kristen is a strong and independent woman with agency, despite living with her mother. She's a caring parent herself, good thing, since her husband is away from home for long periods. Authority figures can generally be trusted to take care of those in their care, including clerics. The cast is diverse in terms of race and ethnicity.
Violence & Scariness
Intense, boundary-pushing violence includes brief scenes in which we see a serial killer dispatching his victims. We see people being restrained as a knife moves across their throat and the bottom halves of two bodies struggling; we hear the sounds of a woman screaming and a noise like a knife being sharpened as throats are slit and see blood, but don't see the actual cuts. We also see crime scene photos with blood and gory wounds. Expect scary supernatural imagery: a character is visited by a strange being (or is it a dream?) who looks like a rotting corpse and cuts off one of her fingers; we see the finger being sliced off with seeping blood. Violence is also visited upon demons, like when David punches one in the stomach, sending him reeling to the ground. A priest is asked why he isn't off "raping little boys."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's clearly sexual tension between Kristen and David; expect kissing, flirting, dating. Supernatural events can have a sexual dimension, like when a character is visited by a demon who asks about her underwear and notices a c-section scar "down here."
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Language is infrequent, but "damn," "hell," and "bitch" all make an appearance.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Kristen drinks canned margaritas; David calls them a "tranquilizer." We only see her drink one in a session, and she doesn't act drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Evil is a series created by Michelle and Robert King (The Good Wife) and revolves around a group of three disparate experts who attempt to confirm or deny reports of supernatural happenings under the auspices of the Catholic church. Plots about hauntings, demons, and miracles may spook young viewers, particularly scenes like one in which a rotted-looking demon visits a main character and cuts off one of her fingers (she wakes up and it was a dream). Scenes with demons and other otherworldly creatures are dark with scary music and noises, which ramps up the tension. Blood and gore are seen in crime photos, and there are flashes of violence like a man cutting another man's throat (the actual cut is obscured). Violence can be sexual in nature: a character kneels over a woman screaming (most of their bodies are hidden by a kitchen counter, but we hear that a man raped a woman). Language is infrequent: "damn," "hell," "bitch." One character has a habit of drinking canned margaritas, but we don't see her drunk. Evil's diverse cast is led by a strong female character -- who has sexual tension with the male lead, so expect romantic complications.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting series is basically a procedural, a classic TV approach that can be stultifying in the wrong hands -- but Robert and Michelle King (The Good Wife) definitely aren't the wrong hands. The cast of this relatively small ensemble is absolutely terrific: Katja Herbers, so good in supporting roles in The Leftovers and Westworld, reads perfectly as a smart skeptic willing to revise her opinions as she learns new facts. Her scenes with her four young daughters, with authentically overlapping dialogue, ring sweetly true, and there's a crackle and pop between Kristen and David, who's calm and smooth in this role but no doubt ready to unleash some volcanic Luke Cage-style fury when necessary.
But all bets are really off, cast-wise, when Michael Emerson (you remember him as ultra-creepy Ben Linus from Lost) shows up in the first episode as mysterious villain Leland Townsend, owl-eyed behind big glasses. There's a cabal, and various Bads both big and little, and creepy spirits who show up to menace our leads, and darned if all the supernatural goings-on doesn't liven up the police procedural nicely. Evil casts a spell, and viewers won't mind falling under it.
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