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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about support systems and coping with trauma.
Positive Role Models
People featured in exhibit compassion, bravery, and integrity.
Violence & Scariness
In-depth discussions of child abuse and domestic abuse, as well as some descriptions of gun violence and bloody images from the murder scene.
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Profanity is featured occasionally in archival footage: "f--k" word, "p---y."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Depictions and descriptions of cocaine use and alcohol abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Just Killed My Dad is a true crime documentary series about a teenage boy imprisoned for murdering his father. What appears to be an open-and-shut case on the surface turns out to be a case about a child forced to endure a complex system of isolation and abuse. The series contains content about gun violence, child abuse, and domestic abuse, as well as themes about how trauma and abuse may not always be obvious, even to those closest to the abusive relationship.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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