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Mark Dolan, Common Sense Media
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Dark Scottish mystery miniseries rewards patient viewers.

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age 16+
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Positive Messages

The importance of trust and the truth are depicted by showing the extreme negative impact of lying and betrayal.


Positive Role Models & Representations

A family is shown supporting each other through a tragic time.



A victim of a brutal car accident is shown in pain; two corpses are shown; a throat is slit off camera but is discussed repeatedly; a woman is a rape survivor.



A mature couple is shown having sex; they are covered by a sheet and no body parts are seen. Extramarital affairs and incest discussed.



"Arse," "s--t," "bastard," "hell."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Smoking; a character dies after taking LSD; someone is shown smoking crack.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Retribution (also known as One of Us in the U.K.) is a somber miniseries dealing with the aftermath of a young couple's murder. Along with murder, extramarital affairs, rape, incest, and drug dealing are plot points in this complex mystery. Practically every character keeps multiple secrets from different people, and consequences from the lies needed to protect these secrets complicate the lives of everyone involved. There's some blood and gore, as well as discussion of sexuality including rape, making this series best for older teens who enjoy a drawn-out mystery.

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Adult Written byLeaper September 10, 2018

Twists upon twists !

Great show about how a family handles a crisis and how different people react to a stressful situation. Delves into how even normal, everyday people are willing... Continue reading

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What's the story?

In RETRIBUTION, after married childhood sweethearts Adam and Grace are murdered in their Edinburgh apartment, their two families back in rural Scotland must cope with the tragedy. When a strange coincidence puts them in contact with the suspected killer, grief, vengeance, and the fragile bonds between family members begin to tear the mourners apart. As police get closer to solving the murder mystery, more secrets get revealed and numerous relationships come into question.

Is it any good?

A somber suspense drama, this series' mystery unravels slowly but intensely. As more characters get introduced and more secrets get revealed in Retribution, new motivations become clear and the story grows to an unexpected breadth. Credit the directors for keeping the ever-expanding web of mysteries clear and easy to follow, and credit consistently strong acting from the large ensemble cast for keeping the story grounded in believable emotions. Teens with patience enough to stick with an unfolding mystery that takes its time paying off certain plot threads will discover a nuanced study of loyalty and trust wrapped inside a surprising whodunit.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about loyalty. Loyalty comes up often in Retribution: between brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, parents and children, and even workers and employers. Do certain relationships deserve more loyalty? Can you point to instances in the show where it was OK for someone to be disloyal?

  • Marriage plays a large part in the lives of characters. How do you think the creators of the show view the institution of marriage?

  • Do you think the resolution to the mystery is satisfying? What makes a good mystery for you? Is it the buildup, the characters, the conclusion, or something else? 

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For kids who love dark drama

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