Parents' Guide to

Paradise Lost

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Half-baked Southern mystery series has some violence.

TV Spectrum Drama 2020
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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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