A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series focuses on crime and shows criminal acts in detail, painting a grim and frightening picture of the world. Female characters in particular are shot from the POV of a potential stalker, which positions women as perpetual victims.
Positive Role Models
Main characters fight on the side of law and order; that message is somewhat subverted by showing very graphic crimes in detail, thus appealing to those who enjoy watching mayhem and violence. The LAPD unit at the center of the action boasts racial and ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Extremely violent for network television. Victims are killed in horrible, extended, graphic ways, such as being splashed with gasoline by a masked stranger, who then douses a car with gasoline and blows it up. Rape or the threat of rape is a recurring theme.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are references to sex and "hookups," as well as sex tapes and other potentially risky sex acts.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs and alcohol may be mentioned in the context of criminal investigations.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stalker is at heart an artfully done police procedural. However, it's not for young or sensitive viewers due to its graphic violence and scary material. It features particularly personal crimes, with a lot of dread beforehand. Victims, who are generally young and female, are often filmed from the point of view of a stalker, which may frighten viewers and bring on fears of being watched or stalked themselves. In addition, Stalker depicts deaths in very graphic detail, and there are jump scares and horror movie-style music, settings, and pacing.
Is It Any Good?
Another case-of-the-week show! What does this make, several dozen? Do network executives have no imagination at all? That said, this is pretty snazzy stuff. The camera work and music are beautiful, and McDermott and Q have chemistry and charisma to spare. Also, the show's pretty terrifying and disturbing: A few minutes into the pilot, a screaming co-ed is being splashed with gasoline, locked into her car, set on fire, and rolled backward into a pole. Whoa! Later on, one dead-eyed young man tells another that if he'd really wanted to scare him, he'd have poisoned his food instead of just waited in his dorm room in the dark.
Scary. Adults for whom crime-and-punishment serials are a guilty pleasure may find this lots of fun. The writing is quite good, and the cases taken on each week are different enough to be compelling. There are moments of genuine dread and horror, not to mention surprise, plus plenty of possibilities for ongoing sucks-you-in drama. However, it's graphic, creepy, and frightening -- think twice before you let tweens or even teens watch.
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