A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Somewhere Between is an intense mystery/crime show that features guns and fisticuffs in nearly every episode. The show's central characters include a mom who loses a daughter to a serial killer and an ex-cop turned private investigator who roughs up plenty of perps and who drinks to excess. A child is kidnapped. A father and daughter share the same intellectual disability, which is treated matter-of-factly. A character is on Death Row after confessing to a murder, and is shown being executed. There are a few mild sex scenes with no nudity.
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What's the story?
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN chronicles the story of Laura Price (Paula Patton), a hotshot news producer in San Francisco, whose daughter Serena (Aria Birch) is kidnapped and murdered by a serial killer she's trying to help the cops apprehend. After three miserable months of grieving, an inconsolable Laura drowns herself -- only to wake up on the beach, coughing up water. Understandably disoriented, she soon discovers she's been somehow sent back in time to a week before her daughter's murder, and believes that this is her chance to change their fate. Conveniently enough, rough-around-the-edges ex-cop (now P.I.) Nico Jackson (Devon Sawa) also finds himself sent back in time, and the duo team up in a race to catch the killer before the clock runs out on their "do over." Laura's exasperated, powerful D.A. husband, Tom Price (JR Bourne), struggles to understand his wife's strange behavior, as he struggles to bury some secrets of his own.
Is it any good?
This series' breakneck pace appears to be aiming for a breathless, edge-of-your-seat feeling, but misses the mark and instead feels choppy and underdeveloped. There's some painfully over-the-top acting across the board -- and on the part of the lead actress in particular -- that helps deflate any real sense of danger or mystery they're trying to achieve. It's an utterly run-of-the-mill mystery/crime series, with the only substantial twist being the time-travel aspect. Overall, Somewhere Between finds itself somewhere between "meh" and "it's just OK" on the watchability scale.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how it would feel to wake up at a different point in time like Laura does in Somewhere Between. Can you think of a situation you'd like to go back to and handle differently?
The main character is warned that her daughter's death was a matter of fate. Do you believe in fate? Do you think someone's fate can be changed?