A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family is important, but not when they use you for their own needs.
Positive Role Models
Frances is a fish out of water who seems to care for her clients.
Violence & Scariness
A character is attacked by a wild boar. A mysterious sexual crime is shown in flashbacks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters have sex in bed, no nudity.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink beer and whiskey.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Paradise Lost is a drama series about a man who returns to his Southern family after being away for many years. Yates Forsythe (Josh Hartnett) is called back to his family home in Mississippi by his father, Judge Forsythe, played by Nick Nolte. Being back home has its perks, but Yates also is forced to reckon with a mysterious crime from the past that the rest of the town hasn't forgotten. Characters have sex in bed, but no nudity is shown. Profanity includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y."
Is It Any Good?
This southern-fried mystery pulls out all the stops of the genre (whiskey on the plantation house verandah, hunting, gators, and the like), but the end result doesn't hold a candle to its clear inspirations. Tennessee Williams and Elmore Leonard were able to tell specifically southern stories with heart and intrigue, and even Sharp Objects, with which Paradise Lost shares a lot of parallels, combined traditional vibes with modern troubles in a more authentic way. Hartnett is still charming, but it's the supporting characters that truly carry the weight, especially the troubled Sutree, who seems to hold the key to the central mystery. Whether it's worth sticking around for the reveal, though, depends on the viewer's patience.
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