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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Harrow is an Australian crime procedural focusing on the cases of Dr. Daniel Harrow, a Queensland-area coroner. The series largely consists of detailed scenes of simulated autopsies, as well as crime scenes. Swear words and phrases include "screw you," "pr--k," "s--t," "d--k," "ass," "bulls--t," "bastard," and "dammit," and there's some mild kissing. Harrow features a lot of violence, including gruesome imagery of violent deaths. There are also some scenes that mention or involve drinking and drug use.
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Good show, but more adult than expected.
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What's the Story?
In HARROW, Dr. Daniel Harrow (Ioan Gruffudd) is a whip-smart coroner who uses his deep knowledge of medicine, biology, and training to solve crimes alongside police detective Bryan Nichols (Damien Garvey). Despite Harrow's success at work helping Queensland combat crime, his personal life is full of drama, including a tense relationship with his estranged daughter Fern (Ella Newton).
Is It Any Good?
Fans of procedurals will love investing in Harrow, which has echoes of shows like Bones and Rosewood. The show uses certain tropes, like the main character not doing things "by the book" and struggling with a turbulent personal life. If you're a fan of procedurals, you'll be very familiar with certain character and relationship beats. However, Gruffudd brings unexpected layers to Harrow, who could have been one-note. Along with Gruffudd, Gilshenan and Garvey are entertaining as Harrow's fellow coroner Dr. Lyle Fairley and local police detective Bryan Nichols, respectively.
Overall, the series is great for those who are interested in science, particularly biology and medicine. The number of scientific terms used in the series, such as the names of bones and other anatomical terms, could make science-minded viewers want to learn more about the human body and the medical field in general.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about curiosity and teamwork. How does Dr. Harrow use curiosity and teamwork in the work he does? How does it help him solve cases?
How does Harrow's personal life contrast with his career? How does friendship play into his life and work? Where does he succeed or falter in his friendships?
How important is STEM in Harrow's life? How does it help him solve his cases?
- Premiere date: March 9, 2018
- Cast: Ioan Gruffudd, Damien Garvey, Ella Newton, Darren Gilshenan
- Network: Hulu
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: STEM
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: NR
- Last updated: October 14, 2022
Our Editors Recommend
Grisly murders and a fab female role model in forensic show.
Traditional but fun crime procedural about death (and life).
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Dead bodies + courtroom drama = mature teens only.
The Equalizer (2021)
Crime-fighter reboot has strong lead, predictable plots.
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For kids who love crime dramas
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