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 this dramatic thriller isn't a show for young children -- or for the faint of heart. Violence, though not constant, is strong and harsh (for example, a man is shown getting his head blown off at close range in the presence of two minors, complete with blood spatters), and the subject matter -- kidnapping -- could upset sensitive viewers. On the plus side, despite the show's graphic scenes, its language remains surprisingly clean. The characters are complex and conflicted, and none are clear role models.
What's the story?
In KIDNAPPED, appearances are everything for prominent Manhattanites Conrad and Ellie Cain (Timothy Hutton and Dana Delany), until their teenage son, Leopold (Will Denton), is mysteriously kidnapped on his way to school and held for ransom. With hopes of keeping the incident out of the papers, they hire former FBI agent-turned-assassin Knapp (Jeremy Sisto) to bring him back in one piece and ax his assailants. But when current FBI agent Latimer King (Delroy Lindo) gets suspicious and involved, all bets are off.
Is it any good?
Parents be warned: In addition to having adult themes, Kidnapped can also be very violent and bloody. The violence isn't constant, but when it pops up, it's graphic -- just one of the reasons this show is best for teens and up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether they see any part of themselves in the dysfunctional clan at the center of the action. How can parents connect with teenagers on a meaningful level without driving them away or turning them off? Teens might want to think about what they would do if they were abducted. Would they wait for help or try to save themselves? And is it ever OK to break the law in pursuit of a positive goal -- i.e., saving your life or that of your child?