A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The overall message is murky, and the series raises more questions than it answers about life, death, faith, and love. But family and community are key to the plot.
Positive Role Models
Although some characters' motives are murky, the immigration agent at the center of the mystery has genuine concern for the victims and their families and goes beyond the boundaries of his job to help them find answers.
Violence & Scariness
Some characters' deaths are reenacted, and there are shots of autopsy photos, although blood and gore are minimal. Some characters carry weapons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One story line touches on adultery.
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Gateway terms such as "hell" and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bars and other places.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resurrection revolves around a small-town mystery that finds dearly departed residents coming back to life -- not as decomposing zombies but looking just as they did before they died. Blood and gore are minimal, although some characters' deaths are reenacted, and a few people carry weapons. You'll also hear occasional gateway terms such as "hell" and "damn" and see some light social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Whatever you think of ABC's Resurrection, you can't deny that the central premise is compelling. It's also nearly identical to that of the Sundance Channel's The Returned, a subtitled re-airing of the French series Les Revenants that was based on completely different source material and subsequently inspired A&E to green-light a U.S. remake of the same name.
So it would seem that people suddenly coming back to life is a trend. And for particularly squeamish viewers -- and those with families -- Resurrection's take on the topic is at least a bit more palatable than the decomposing zombies of The Walking Dead that fill the screen with their severed limbs and rotting flesh. In fact, the scariest aspect of Resurrection's story is the societal reaction to the presence of resuscitated citizens, making you wonder whether we'd really ever act that way.
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