A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about understanding others' perspectives.
The main character and the antagonist present as White males. Actors of color are slotted into supporting roles, as is typical for this type of police procedural.
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Violence & Scariness
Detectives investigate murder, abduction, armed robbery, and other violent crimes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content includes simulated sex and simulated rape.
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Profanity is used at times: "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are sometimes seen drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Calling is a police procedural series about a detective driven by his religious faith. The show combines elements of body-of-the-week shows like CSI with a bigger mystery that continues throughout the series. It contains significant sexual content, including simulated sex and simulated rape, as well as profanity and violence (detectives investigate murder, abduction, armed robbery, and other violent crimes).
Is It Any Good?
After a couple decades' worth of mediocre detective shows about psychics, here's one that uses the same formula for religion. The Calling's Detective Avraham uses his faith as a superpower that gives him special insight into crime. Unfortunately, the series not only fails to explore Avraham's relationship with religion outside of a few shorthand references and visuals, it also fails to define the character by anything more than his religion. Since the show neglects the one element that's supposed to make it unique, what's left is an extremely formulaic police procedural.
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