A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some positive messages about caring for others and coping with trauma.
Positive Role Models
Characters display loyalty, compassion, ingenuity, and determination.
This series is a French show where some of the main characters are social workers. The youths that the social workers interact with are the series only Black characters, and they are broadly portrayed as violent criminals and addicts. One of the characters has a background with a Nazi group, and some anti-Semitic statements are made.
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Violence & Scariness
It's centered around a murder, and shows multiple bloody bodies with gunshot wounds throughout. Some physical violence, including fistfights and harassment, is shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual content, including mentions of sex work and a description of grooming a minor.
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Frequent profanity: "f--k," "bitch," "g--damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking is shown throughout, and characters occasionally drink alcohol as well. No drug use is shown, but it is spoken about and hinted at with some characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gone for Good is a French mystery miniseries adapted from a novel by Harlan Coben. The plot jumps around in chronology and point-of-view as the characters seek to learn the truth about a woman's disappearance and decade-old murder that may be connected. The series also exclusively defines its Black characters as criminals or addicts. There are several dead bodies shown, but outside of some fistfights and physical harassment, the violence generally takes place off-screen. Some sexual situations are discussed as well, including the sexual grooming of a minor.
Is It Any Good?
One thing the recent wave of Netflix Harlan Coben adaptations (Safe, The Stranger) have in common is how well they establish the world around their protagonists. Gone for Good quickly builds a rich, complex world around its central character, Guillaume. For fans of mystery shows, the fun is in seeing how all the disparate elements come together. In this case include his brother's death, his girlfriend's disappearance, his first love's decade-old murder, a friend's ugly past, and secrets about his parents' relationship that come to light in the wake of his mother's death. But, while the mystery itself is intriguing, the show is slow and steady. Without the dramatic arcs and twists that episodic drama really needs to engage viewers, Gone for Good is for mystery fans only.
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