A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
People fight to survive.
Positive Role Models
Characters slot into archetypical if not stereotypical roles (ie the femme fatale, the gang boss, the recruit, etc.)
Violence & Scariness
The show features murder, torture, intimidation, armed robbery, gang warfare, and more.
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"S--t," bitch," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters frequently drink and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reprisal is a crime drama that takes place in and around a gang of violent criminals. The central character, Katherine (Abigail Spencer), is presumably seeking revenge against a group of men who attempted to murder her. The viewer also follows members of the gang as they run a mafia-style criminal organization. Violence is an intrinsic part of the series, including murder, torture, intimidation, armed robbery, gang warfare, and more. There's drinking and smoking, and characters use profanity, including "s--t" and "bitch."
Is It Any Good?
One of the side effects of the streaming era is that platforms will mess around with subgenres that wouldn't typically get air time on TV. In this case, Reprisal is modelled after the revenge thriller, a problematic story type that usually begins with a woman being abused and left for dead. The plot then follows the woman through rehabilitation and revenge. Typically considered an exploitative genre uses abuse as a stylistic choice, there have been some quality revenge thrillers (Kill Bill is probably the best known) but they require a sense of self-awareness and purpose that counters some of the latent misogyny present. Reprisal has the potential to overcome those issues, but it needs to flesh out its two-dimensional characters and find more actual substance within its many stylish choices.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.