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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Eyewitness, a show adapted from a popular Norwegian series, is a crime drama that revolves around some violent murders. Homophobia, drugs, addiction, and gang violence are also central themes. Bloody shootings, guns, and other violent moments are shown, and there's also strong sexual innuendo and cursing. Alcohol (including underage drinking) and cigarette smoking is sometimes visible.
What's the story?
Based on the popular Norwegian drama Øyevitne, EYEWITNESS is a crime drama that centers on an unsolved murder and the two teens who saw it take place. When Philip Shea (Tyler Young) and Lukas Waldenbeck (James Paxton) witness a multiple homicide after a romantic encounter, they decide to keep what they saw a secret to protect their reputations. But when Phillip's foster mom, local sheriff Helen Torrance (Julianne Nicholson), begins to investigate with the help of partner Tony (Matt Murray) against the wishes of FBI agent Kamilah Davis (Tattiawna Jones), she soon realizes that there is much more to the case that meets the eye. But as she digs deeper, she becomes more disconnected from Philip, much to the dismay of her husband (played by Gil Bellows). Meanwhile, the lone surviving killer (Warren Christie), will stop at nothing to remain hidden.
Is it any good?
This somber series offers a story that contrasts a big-time crime against the backdrop of a small, generic town. There are some harrowing moments, but as the story unfolds, some of the character interactions feel unnatural or lack dimension. Adding to this is the gray, monochromatic camera work, which visually washes out the story world.
The plot offers enough twists to create a consistent sense of foreboding, and it raises just enough questions to keep it interesting. Nonetheless, Eyewitness isn't a captivating viewing experience, and makes you wonder if something got lost in translation when it was adapted from the original. Regardless, some crime fans might be willing to commit to it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about shows from foreign countries like Eyewitness that are adapted for U.S. audiences. What kinds of things that may be permissible in other places that can't be shown on American television?
Philip and Lukas choose to keep a dangerous secret from people who can potentially help them. Why? What impact does their choice have on themselves and the people around them?