A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a crime solving series, but troubled family relationships and dealing with the past are major themes.
Positive Role Models
Malcolm is both troubled and spurred on by his father. Dr. Whitley is charming, intelligent, manipulative, and a killer.
Violence & Scariness
Murder is a key theme. Bodies are shown, sometimes with bloody injuries. Punches, attacks, poisonings, chases, shootings, explosions, and other violent moments visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extramarital affairs and other sexual liaisons are discussed. People are shown in their underwear.
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Words like "damn," "hell," "crap."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Prescription pills are consumed. Alcohol abuse is referenced. Both are used to cope with difficult circumstances and mental problems.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Prodigal Son is a dark, dramatic series about profiling and capturing serial killers. There are lots of violent moments, ranging from discussions about how people are murdered to explosions, attacks, and scenes featuring dead people (although the blood is minimal). Prescription medications are taken frequently, and drinking often occurs as a way of coping with loss. Extramarital affairs, BDSM, and other issues of a sexual nature are discussed. There's some strong language, too.
Is It Any Good?
Part police procedural, part psychological thriller, this series tries to tell a unique story about a brilliant and dysfunctional son of a serial killer who profiles other serial killers. It's an interesting attempt, but ultimately lacks the solid writing to create a well-rounded tale. Malcolm Bright comes across as being more weird and confused than a troubled genius, and his homicidal father lacks the dramatic flair necessary to merit his notoriety (let alone to make him interesting). Some of the additional storylines, which range from family tensions to potential romantic interests, are also more predictable than compelling. Ultimately, Prodigal Son has the potential to be a good series, but just doesn't get there.
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