Hand of God

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Bleak drama explores big themes via sex, language, violence.

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

Positive Messages

The series weighs serious questions when it comes to power, politics, money, sex, and religion, but there are no clear answers. Major themes explore justice vs. revenge and divinity vs. delusion.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Every character has his or her own agenda, many are corrupt, and morality is murky at best. Family relationships are strained and dysfunctional.

Violence

Beatings, stabbings, and other unsettling injuries with significant amounts of blood. 

Sex

Simulated sex with partial nudity (breasts, buttocks). Some characters are sex workers.

Language

Unbleeped language includes "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," and the like.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking; several characters smoke pot.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hand of God is a darkly mature drama exploring weighty questions of religion, sex, money, power, and politics. The central plot stems from a traumatic rape that spawns a suicide, and there are violent beatings and killings with significant blood. Sex acts are simulated, but some sensitive parts (breasts, nipples, and buttocks) are shown. You'll also hear unbleeped swearing ("f--k," "p---y") and see characters drink socially and smoke pot.

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Adult Written byLisa B. May 5, 2017

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What's the story?

In the wake of a horrific crime that left his son on life support, a judge with questionable morals (Ron Perlmangoes on a crusade for justice that he believes to be guided by the HAND OF GOD. But is a divine voice really speaking to him, or is he merely seeking revenge?

Is it any good?

Hand of God has all the makings of a grand drama, replete with weighty questions, complex characters, and thought-provoking symbolism. Yet at times, the series' taste for darkness is so sobering that getting through an episode feels more like punishment than entertainment. This is a decidedly mature pick for adults -- and, even then, only adults who can stomach the darkness, for there's very little light to be found.

As for Perlman (best known for playing edgy antiheroes in films such as Hellboy and on TV shows such as Beauty and the Beast and Sons of Anarchy), his casting as the series' unlikely protagonist is interesting but ultimately feels like a misfire thanks to a performance that's big on brooding but painfully lacking in humanity. His character needs to be more relatable, and if he were, the series would be way more watchable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hand of God's position when it comes to religion, politics, and revenge. Is the overall message positive, negative, or somewhere in between?

  • How does Hand of God relate to the biblical story of King Solomon, who's referenced several times in the series? How does Judge Harris compare to Solomon, and how are they different?

  • Does the fact that Hand of God streams exclusively on Amazon allow it to do things other series can't? How would it play on network television?

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For kids who love drama

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