A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Messages are generally of the cautionary type: Don't trust others with giant suitcases of cash, don't double-cross a criminal cartel. Viewers can also surmise that crime doesn't pay; or, it does pay for a while, until it doesn't.
Positive Role Models
The Nicoletti family are (sympathetic, unrealistic) thieves; the Hill family gets its power from legitimate channels (political) but we understand that both families are engaged in unethical behavior that oppresses others. Emma is the most upstanding character, a law enforcement professional who actually cares about doing her job well.
One of the two warring families in this drama presents as Asian; many characters are of Asian descent and their heritage figures into the storyline. Their rival family is White, but side characters are also people of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Crime tends to be of the bloodless variety: Characters are menaced by crime bosses, but they're not hurt physically, and money is stolen. Nonetheless, characters are often in danger, and we can assume that they'll be killed or injured if they're caught by the wrong people.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss passionately in bed, in the bathtub, in the pool. They seem to be naked under sheets and bubbles, but we don't see any private parts. We also see them waking up in the morning in a hotel bed. A character wearing heels and clingy clothes hangs out on a street that looks seamy and talks about a "client." A joke is made about handcuffs in which a character implies they'll be used for sex.
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Cursing includes "bitches," "SOB," and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
The trappings of wealth are evident: big houses, fancy clothes. Some brands are mentioned by name: models of cars.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs (fentanyl) play a part in a criminal justice case. One family owns a bar; many scenes are set there with characters drinking beer and cocktails. In some scenes, characters take multiple shots and down several cocktails, then are flirty and have a sexual encounter.
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Parents Need to Know
Based on a South Korean series, THE COMPANY YOU KEEP begins just as two natural enemies meet cute. Charlie Nicoletti (Milo Ventimiglia) is a talented con man trying to keep his family of grifters afloat; Emma Hill (Catherine Haena Kim) is a CIA agent from a powerful politically connected family on the trail of criminals like him. Violence is bloodless but characters are often in danger and criminal enterprises thrive. Cursing includes "bitches," "SOB," and "hell."
Is It Any Good?
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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