A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family is a constant theme -- whether in terms of Lights staying loyal to his father and brother or providing for his wife and daughters. But a subtle message emerges that it's OK to withhold the truth from those you love and act against their wishes if you believe that what you're doing is your only option. Illegal actions don't always have negative consequences either.
Positive Role Models
The main character loves his wife and daughters and has an admirable set of principles at heart, but providing for his family sometimes means that he must lie to police or get involved in illegal activities to make money. Some minor characters are corrupt and occasionally ruthless.
Violence & Scariness
The main character makes his living as a fighter, so there's violence of some sort in every episode. Minimal blood, but also cuts, bruises, and broken bones, in addition to some shootings and beatings outside the ring.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong simulated sex (in bed, in the ring, on a copier), but no sensitive body parts are shown, other than the occasional bare buttocks.
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Unbleeped swearing, but "s--t" is as strong as it gets.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Infrequent social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature primetime cable drama airs with strong, unbleeped language, although "s--t" is as strong as it gets. There's also some strong simulated sex (with bare buttocks, but no other sensitive body parts) and a plot that revolves around the violent sport of boxing. You'll see anything you'd see in a regular boxing match along with occasional shootings and beatings outside of the ring. There's also some occasional social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
From the mind of executive producer Warren Leight (In Treatment) -- the series has some serious weight behind it. But, much like an old-school fighter who conserves his energy in the early rounds until his flashy, young opponent tires out, Lights Out feels like it's holding back on purpose. McCallany's performance is strong and earnest, a lot like the knocked-around guy he plays, But there aren't enough right-hook moments in the script, which could prompt some viewers to beat it before the getting gets good.
It's a nice touch having Keach, who played a past-his-prime fighter in John Huston's Fat City, co-star as Lights's dad, who doubles as his coach. But the English-born McCormack is less effective as the fighter's wife, who lets her accent slip far too often to convince us that she's really from New Jersey.
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