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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Justice is ultimately served in this grim drama and a guilty party given his due, but watching everyone on-screen fall apart emotionally is wrenching. The cast boasts extensive racial and ethnic diversity, with women and people of color given meaty, powerful roles. Law enforcement officers are dedicated and hardworking as well as being respectful to criminals and victims alike.
Positive Role Models
Paul Finchley is a pedophile and narcissist who is humanized, but his crimes are not made to look glamorous or acceptable. HIs wife Mari is a complex figure who alternately stands beside and harshly denounces her husband.
Violence & Scariness
The show's plot turns on a man accused of raping numerous minors. Rape and sexual abuse are referred to with the words "attack," "rape," and "sexual assault." Pedophilia also mentioned. Brief flashbacks show a man raping a woman on a television set; no private parts are shown, but her screams are heard by bystanders who do nothing.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to sex, pornography, infidelity. A woman says ironically and graphically that she wants to provide oral sex to a priest. A man visits a prostitute, who is shown naked from the rear and the front.
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Multiple uses of "f--k," "damn," "hell," "s--t," "ass" (sometimes English-style: "arse"), "c--t," "piss."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One main character is an addict who is in recovery.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that National Treasure is a high-quality but grim drama centering on a revered English comedian who is accused of rape by numerous women, some of whom were underage at the time. His crimes are shown only briefly in non-explicit flashbacks, but there are numerous references to rape, pedophilia, pornography, and infidelity. A man visits a prostitute, who is shown naked from the rear and the front. A woman graphically tells her father she wants to provide oral sex to a priest. The accused man experiences consequences for his actions. There's strong language, such as multiple uses of "f--k," "damn," "hell," "s--t," "ass," "c--t," and "piss." A main character is a drug addict in recovery. The character accused of rape is played by Robbie Coltrane, better known to generations of young children as Hagrid in the Harry Potter series, which may be particularly jarring to young viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Disturbing, wrenching, but impossible to look away from, this drama depicts sexual assault from an unusual point of view: the rapist's. Before we find out that a string of women are accusing Finchley of rape, we first get to know him as a loving husband and doting dad and grandfather -- up late at night Googling himself to see if anyone still remembers him, puttering around the house with his patrician, charity-minded wife Marie. But then the doorbell rings, with bad, bad tidings. The viewer, who gets to see Finchley's pain in private moments, is never unsure of his guilt; it takes Marie, Finchley's fragile adult daughter, Dee, and his other loved ones longer to grapple with the truth. What we have here is basically a portrait of a man self-destructing, no matter how much he denies the accusations. It's absolutely fascinating. It's also a major bummer. But National Treasure gets the details and the emotions right. This is gripping stuff, particularly if you've ever wondered what happens to the people whose sins are splashed across newspaper headlines.
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