Glitch

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Mesmerizing drama ponders the mysteries of life and death.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Law enforcement and medical personnel are quietly efficient at their jobs, valuing human life. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

James Hayes is an intrepid and careful police officer; his returned-from-the-dead wife Kate is faithful and loving. Other characters are flawed to various degrees, sometimes committing crimes as a means to an end. 

Violence

A police officer shoots a dog (offscreen) who has attacked sheep; a man cries piteously over his wife who died; visual references to grievous crimes, such as a man pulling a knife out of a puddle of viscous blood; a man bleeds from the sides of his eyes; a man returned from the dead suddenly and graphically crumbles into dust; a character is shot and dies on-screen (no gore or blood).

Sex

Male and female characters are seen nude from the rear; a female character stares at her bare breasts in the mirror and envisions double mastectomy scars. 

Language

Cursing: multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "arse." Cursing is generally exclamatory ("I want a f--king drink!") rather than aimed at other characters. A character says something derogatory about a "native" and an "abo" person (slang for an Aboriginal Australian).

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A recently returned-from-the-grave man seeks a drink first thing; he urges an underage boy to have a beer and then gulps from a tap; a character steals cigarettes from a market. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glitch is a drama about a small Australian town that's shaken up when six former residents dig themselves out of their graves and return to life. Violence is sporadic but may be particularly disturbing to young viewers, dealing intimately with deaths of loved ones and grief. A man is shot on-screen and dies, a character picks up a knife from a pool of blood and cradles his dying brother, weeping. Characters bleed from the eyes and suddenly decompose, crumbling to dust. A police officer shoots a mad dog (offscreen). Female and male characters are seen nude from behind; a woman examines her bare breasts in the mirror and envisions mastectomy scars. Cursing includes multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t" and references to a character being an "abo" and a "native" (slang for an Aboriginal Australian). A character steals whatever he likes with no consequences. An adult character greedily sucks beer from a tap and offers some to a teenager. 

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Teen, 13 years old Written byAjH22 January 2, 2018

A good show with twists, mature themes + language

Glitch is better than I thought it would be. It gets really weird really fast though, so don't watch if you're not into that. There is plenty of sex a... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 16, 2017

Depends on the kid

I am twelve myself and I can handle it, although the kid must be mature enough to understand not to say the bad language that the adults in the show use.

What's the story?

In the tiny town of Yoorana, Australia, some kind of cosmic GLITCH has caused multiple people to dig themselves out of their graves and return to life -- at least for a while. In this remake of French series Les Revenants (also remade in the U.S. as The Returned), the formerly dead include 19th-century prominent local Patrick "Paddy" Fitzgerald (Ned Dennehy), 21-year-old posh boy Charlie (Sean Keenan), grieving mother Maria (Daniela Farinacci), foulmouthed wrong-side-of-the-tracks girl Kirstie (Hannah Monson), and cancer victim Kate Willis (Emma Booth). That last one was the biggest surprise to Sgt. James Hayes (Patrick Brammall), the police officer who stumbled across the returning dead, because before she died two years ago, Kate Willis was Sgt. Hayes' wife. No one knows why these people have come back. But as the mysteries deepen, the returned ones find that death isn't the only thing they need to fear. 

Is it any good?

Mysterious and intriguing, this (kinda) zombie drama brings a freshness to what is now a somewhat well-traveled premise, resulting in an ideal binge-watch. For American viewers, just relaxing into the show's slow, simmering pace could be a bit of a challenge -- Glitch doesn't dole out a cliffhanger every seven minutes to keep viewers watching; its revelations are less predictable and thus a lot more of a gut punch when they arrive.

Just hours after realizing his adored late wife has returned from the dead, James takes the time to lie back on a playground merry-go-round with Kate, the camera pulling up to focus on their faces, blissful in this one moment. But not for long -- seconds later she asks, "Why am I here? Why am I back?" "I don't know," answers James. "But I'm going to take care of you. No matter what." And James is trying, desperately, to take care of Kate, to take care of this whole crazy situation. But bit by bit, it's spinning out of control. Start watching this series late at night and you might still be pushing that "Yes, I'm still watching Glitch" button when the sun comes up. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the premise of Glitch. Does it scare you? What would it be like if a dead loved one suddenly returned? Would you be glad? Scared? Both? 

  • Most of the characters who come back to life are young. Why? What is different or more dramatic about the death of a young person versus an older person? Why would this show choose to focus on young returned people? 

TV details

For kids who love mysteries

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