A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series acknowledges the strength of a brother-sister bond. But the central message is one of uncertainty -- Is Daniel guilty or innocent? Good or evil? Free or forever bound by suspicion? -- with the answers left up to viewers to decide.
Positive Role Models
Most characters make ambiguous role models thanks to hidden agendas and suppressed emotions. That said, Daniel's family -- particularly his mother, sister, younger brother, and stepsister-in-law -- are generally positive forces in his life.
Violence & Scariness
The series revolves around the rape and murder of a teenage girl, but most violence is described rather than shown. In one instance, a man shoots himself in the head, and there's some blood. Unsettling descriptions of prison rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sexual acts (including intercourse, oral sex, and masturbation) and some shots of women in lingerie, but no sensitive parts are shown.
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Terms like "son of a bitch," "hell," "cracker," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking. One character smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rectify revolves around the rape and murder of a teenage girl. Although there's some blood (including a man committing suicide with a firearm), most violence is described rather than shown. In terms of sexual content, you'll see simulated sexual acts (including intercourse, oral sex, and masturbation) and brief shots of women in lingerie with no sensitive parts shown. You'll also hear gateway terms like "son of a bitch," "hell," and "cracker," along with unsettling descriptions of prison rape. One character smokes cigarettes, and several others drink socially.
Is It Any Good?
Some critics have described Rectify -- the Sundance Channel's first original scripted series, helmed by the producers of Breaking Bad -- as "riveting." But a word like that implies that Rectify is going to hook you right away, and for most viewers, that probably won't happen. One reason is the series' deliberately slow pacing (each episode covers roughly one day). Another is Australian actor Young's portrayal of the enigmatic Daniel, who at first lacks the charisma you'd expect for a series lead but eventually comes out of his shell with chilling results.
Rectify isn't a show for everyone, and it probably wouldn't make it on the major networks. But those who put in the time to get to know the complex characters -- from Daniel's strong-willed sister, Amantha (Abigail Spencer), to his seemingly saintly stepsister-in-law, Tawney (Adelaide Clemens) -- will likely find themselves committed until the bitter end.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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