Proof

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Life-after-death series mixes science and the paranormal.

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Positive Messages

Raises questions about life beyond death, science as proof.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dr. Tyler is talented and committed.

Violence

Bloody wounds, surgeries, accidents, attempted suicides. 

Sex

Sexual innuendo, infidelity, sexual references.

Language

"Hell," "crap," "bitch," "piss," "g--damn," "s--t."

Consumerism

Apple products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol visible; teen pot smoking referenced. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Proof is a dramatic TV series about life after death, science, and relationships. There are lots of bloody wounds and surgeries, as well as shootings, car accidents, and other violent events. Sexuality and infidelity are themes. The show pushes the envelope with some strong language (including the occasional "s--t") and contains references to drinking and teen pot smoking. Apple products are prominently shown. Older teens should be able to handle it, but its focus on death may make it tough viewing for younger or more sensitive viewers. 

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What's the story?

PROOF stars Jennifer Beals as Dr. Caroline Tyler, a difficult and dispassionate surgeon who is asked to find scientific proof of what actually happens when people die. In hopes of securing a sizable donation to their Seattle-based hospital, Dr. Oliver Stanton (Joe Morton) pressures her to meet with tech billionaire Ivan Turing (Matthew Modine). But to her surprise, Turing, who has terminal cancer, asks her to dedicate time to research life after death. As she reluctantly does so, she finds herself working through her own feelings about the death of her son and her own near-death experience while helping tsunami victims in Japan. Adding to the pressure is her troubled relationship with her estranged husband (David Sutcliffe) and daughter Sophie (Annie Thurman) and the meddlesome celebrity psychic Peter Van Owen (Callum Blue). With the help of intern Zed (Edi Ethegi), Turing's assistant, and science researcher Janel (Caroline Kaplan), Tyler begins to uncover some truths as she researches what lies beyond. But she soon learns that though knowing what happens after death may bring comfort and peace to some, there is resistance -- maybe even from the other side. 

Is it any good?

Executive-produced by The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick, Proof is an appealing show that raise questions about the way people understand dying, post-death experiences, and the presence of the deceased from the beyond. It also weaves in lots of interpersonal and relationship tension, which helps keep things interesting. 

Fans of the paranormal will appreciate the show's themes, many of which support the idea that there's life beyond the grave. But it also offers enough scientific explanation and logical resolutions through medical intervention to satisfy any doubters who tune in. Regardless of what your own thoughts are on what happens after we die, the show offers enough entertainment to keep both believers and skeptics happy.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different theories and belief systems that offer varied explanations about what happens after we die. Can science can actually prove if these explanations are right? Why is it so difficult to do so?

  • Over the years, films and TV shows have offered many representations of paranormal activities, which range from silly to frightening. Does this show offer something different? 

TV details

For kids who love mysteries

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