A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters live in a morally complex and dangerous world where a serial killer is on the loose and death is an everyday occurrence. And although the two main characters must work together for a common cause, the overall tone drives home their differences.
Positive Role Models
Although Sonya challenges a lot of negative female stereotypes and is one of the few television characters with autism, her behavior isn't always socially acceptable. That said, she's by the book to a fault. By contrast, her male counterpart is lax with the rules but is sensitive to others' needs and emotions. He is also trying to fight against entrenched corruption within his city, though he doesn't always make the best choices in his personal life.
Violence & Scariness
Visuals are gross (a bisected corpse, a dead body that's been drained of blood, a body tied to a post stabbed by multiple knives, etc.). One episode includes a scene in a medical examiners' office where bodies are in the process of being autopsied and are cut open with internal organs and bones visible. Violence against women is a major part of the plot.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Simulated sex, at times with bare buttocks visible, but no other sensitive parts.
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Unbleeped swearing (mostly "s--t") along with audible words like "bitch," "p---y," "balls," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Part of the plot involves the illegal drug trade. Some characters drink socially and use illegal drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bridge centers on a series of grizzly killings that are dark and occasionally shocking, which nets some disturbing visuals and blood. Both violence against women and the illegal drug trade are important to the plot, and there's simulated sex with bare buttocks visible (but no other sensitive parts). You'll hear unbleeped swearing, too (mostly "s--t"), and see characters drinking and using drugs. The main character also has Asperger syndrome, a disorder that affects her life and work in a variety of ways.
Is It Any Good?
Americans love a good crime drama, and The Bridge -- adapted from a Danish/Swedish series of the same name -- is definitely good enough to hook them. (In fact, the first big plot twist is so unbelievably twisted that we can't give it away here in good conscience, except to say that it takes the concept of 50-50 to a whole new level.) That said, Diane Kruger's Sonya Cross could be a tougher sell, not just because of her autistic quirks but also because her inconsistent accent takes away from her character's credibility.
The show's slow-moving story could be a turnoff for some viewers who prefer faster pacing, and The Bridge probably won't attract too many teens. But thanks to deft work from Homeland writer Meredith Stiehm, there's plenty of payoff if you stick with it to see how the seemingly unconnected story lines shake out in the end.
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