Parents' Guide to

The Company You Keep

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Crime, drinking, corrupt power in muted family-clash drama.

TV ABC Drama 2023
The Company You Keep: Charlie looks defiantly at the camera while Emma clutches onto his shoulder and appears pensive

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The chemistry between Kim and Ventimiglia is strong and the Nicoletti crime family premise is fun, but the exposition-heavy storytelling is hard to follow. The Company You Keep's lack of faith in the audience is striking, and irritating; viewers are much better at putting together narrative pieces and understanding than the show gives us credit for.

Nonetheless, Kim and Ventimiglia are both charming, and have legitimately good reasons not to fall into easy love, so viewers may enjoy focusing on that alone. Their courtship can be a little cheesy, like when Charlie asks Emma a classic getting-to-know-you question "Beatles or Stones?", but romantic stories in which a big plot point keeps soulmates from colliding are classics, particularly in episodic TV. Charlie's larcenous family is easy to love too, and snaring them in criminal complications is likely to entertain. The Company You Keep isn't particularly unique, but it has enough charm for viewers who want to immerse themselves for an hour in not-too-scary crimes and sympathetic characters who make the mistakes we hope they'll make.

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