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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 Interrogation is a mystery/crime show with a unique format. Viewers are encouraged to watch the episodes in any order as they gain information to try to figure out who is responsible for the central crime. The show is based on a true story about a violent murder, and many of the characters are drug users with patterns of criminal behavior. There are some sexual situations, depicting characters before and after sex (no nudity is shown), and a good bit of profanity, including the "F" word.
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What's the Story?
In INTERROGATION, recovering addict Eric Fisher (Kyle Gallner) stops by his parents' house only to find that someone has broken in and and beaten his mother (Joanna Going) to death. Despite his attempts to save her, he is taken into police custody and ultimately charged with her murder. Fisher maintains his innocence while spending nearly 30 years in prison, eventually convincing others to look into his case. A team of investigators led by Detective David Russel (Peter Sarsgaard) conduct a series of interrogations (which are pulled from the real police files), and as the evidence unfolds viewers are invited to help solve the crime.
Is It Any Good?
The ability to watch episodes in any order is a bit of a gimmick, and the presentation is clunky -- episodes are named after characters that often don't appear in other episodes, and there are no flashing arrows to give the narrative a choose your own adventure-type feel. However, outside of the execution of that concept, Interrogation is entertaining and ambitious. Each episode tells a complete, concise story. Together, they form a true crime mosaic, which provides a totally unique experience for would-be detectives as well as more passive viewers.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the investigation. In what order did you choose to watch the episodes? Why did you make those choices? What were the clues that led you from episode to episode or changed over time?
How do you think the murder was committed? How did your views change as you amassed more information? Do you think the order in which you watched the episodes affected the way you thought about the crime?
What do you think about Interrogation's portrayal of police corruption? What were Detective Russell's alleged motivations for mishandling the case? Was this out of character?
- Premiere date: February 6, 2020
- Cast: Kyle Gallner, Peter Sarsgaard, Vincent D'Onofrio
- Network: Paramount+
- Genre: Drama
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: December 16, 2022
Our Editors Recommend
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