A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Highlights how people survive catastrophic moments and how their lives change as a result.
Positive Role Models
Some people heroically help those in distress.
Violence & Scariness
Disturbing reenactments of final moments before tragic events; people shown struggling to survive. Animal attacks, fires, bloody wounds, and so on visible. Video and photos of actual accident scenes shown.
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"Hell." Occasional cursing bleeped with mouths blurred.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bottles of alcohol visible in stores.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that In an Instant is a documentary series that focuses on how catastrophic events can lead to sudden changes in people's lives. It features disturbing reenactments and archival footage of bloody crash sites, fires, and violent animal attacks, as well as frightening accounts from survivors and witnesses. There's some occasional bleeped/blurred language and the show intentionally heightens tension in a sometimes sensational way. All of this is offered in the context of how life can change in an instant but can potentially be disturbing to young or sensitive viewers.
Is It Any Good?
The docudrama showcases the harrowing experiences of people who suddenly found themselves dealing with cataclysmic events that were out of their control and briefly recognizes the events' lasting impact. It also raises questions about how some people manage to survive against all odds and the heroic efforts made by fellow survivors, bystanders, and rescue workers to help their fellow humans.
Most of the series details people's lives before a catastrophe and then contrasts those scenes with harrowing reenactments of what some people believed were going to be their final moments. It also details the agonizing minutes, hours, or days of suffering before their being rescued, which is sometimes over-the-top as the show tries to create tension. It's an interesting exploration of how one's worldview can radically change in a flash, but the lessons learned are sometimes overshadowed by the sensational storytelling.
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