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Parents' Guide to

I Just Killed My Dad

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Manipulative docuseries about child abuse, murder.

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This docuseries' depiction of abuse is often powerful but ultimately unsatisfying. Great true crime series often use their central events as stepping stones from which to explore bigger societal issues. In I Just Killed My Dad, that issue is child abuse, and how an abusive relationship can be concealed from even the people closest to it. However, the series is torn between depicting the insidiousness of abuse and wanting to entertain viewers. To build suspense, it frequently withholds information that would be helpful for deepening viewers' understanding of abuse. Subjects are often portrayed as having one perspective before later being revealed to feel the exact opposite way, distorting their perspectives simply for dramatic effect. The inconsistencies may be there for storytelling reasons but they also feel like they do Anthony Templet's story, and others like his, a disservice.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 9, 2022
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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