Interrogation

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Ambitious, non-linear true crime show is edgy, satisfying.

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Positive Messages

Interrogation has the arc of a redemption story, though viewers won't really find out if it pays off that way until the final episode. The show is mostly about criminal patterns of behavior and corruption within the police department. Hope usually comes in the form of the few people who believe the central character is innocent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Interrogation has a mostly white cast with male leads. 

Violence

Interrogation focuses on characters who engage in patterns of criminal behavior -- even the police. There are moments of violence in every episode, mostly assault, and the story revolves around a woman who has been savagely beaten and murdered.

Sex

Sexual content is mostly limited to simple romantic relationships. There are some depictions of couples disrobing before sex and laying in bed after sex. No nudity is seen.

Language

Interrogation contains moderate to heavy profanity, including many uses of "f--k."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many of the main characters are drug addicts and alcoholics. Heavy drug use (speed, cocaine, heroin) is shown and sometimes glamorized.

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? 

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For kids who love crime dramas

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