A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show requires a fair bit of belief in the paranormal -- including the idea that death is not the final end -- though it also features numerous skeptical characters who stand in for viewers who may have trouble buying the premise.
Positive Role Models
One character is a firm believer in reincarnation and must constantly defend her ideas from skeptics like her partner, whose slow acceptance of the unbelievable demonstrates an open mind.
Violence & Scariness
Each episode focuses on investigating the circumstances of a mysterious death, often murder, and features brief flashes of the incident. Some scenes include or imply a violent demise, though more is hidden than shown. Hints of sexual violence. Heavily armed police officers burst into a building, automatic rifles at the ready. Some characters argue.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No sex or nudity, though the two lead characters flirt with each other sometimes.
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"Crap," "butt," and "damn" are about as rough as it gets.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking, and a few scenes show people drinking in bars. One of the main characters drops hints that he's had a drinking problem, but it doesn't keep him from occasionally knocking one back. No drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this police procedural is heavy on the paranormal and includes in-depth discussion of reincarnation, past lives, and how these concepts intersect with mysterious deaths. The investigations sometimes uncover vicious crimes -- which occasionally include sexual violence -- though not too much graphic stuff is shown on screen. The characters occasionally drink and go to bars.
Is It Any Good?
Past Life plays much like other police procedurals. There's a case, usually involving death, and just a few tiny clues. Whatley and McGinn are forced to trust their instincts, even when others think they're following outlandish hunches. Whatley, always a pragmatic cop, is reluctant to believe in McGinn's theories about reincarnation, but he's slowly won over after clients continue to uncover long-hidden crimes using knowledge that could only come from the victim.
But without the twist that the tiny scraps of information may come from beyond the grave, this show doesn't really stand out from the procedural pack. Watching Past Life could give viewers the sense that sometime, somewhere, they've already seen this show.
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