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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is set in a dangerous world, where a terrifying killer can lead a double life as a seemingly devoted father and continue to claim victim after victim. On the other hand, law enforcement is dedicated and determined to solve the crime. Sexual power -- and politics -- is another major theme.
Positive Role Models
The main character is tough, intelligent, and successful in a typically male-dominated field and makes for a strong female lead -- though she’s far from perfect.
Violence & Scariness
Serial killings involve repeated sexual violence against women; dead bodies with some blood, although most violence is psychological rather than gory; some characters carry weapons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Prolonged scenes of steamy, simulated sex with minimal nudity; brief views of bare buttocks and breasts; implied rape and sexual violence.
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Some four-letter words including "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially; secondary characters use illegal drugs such as cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Fall is a gritty crime drama about the pursuit of a serial killer who's targeting women with sexual violence. Viewers can expect to see unsettling scenarios, including murder, with some blood, in addition to shootings and physical violence. The killer is sexually aroused by violence, and sex is simulated but suggestive, with brief shots of breasts and buttocks. You'll also hear strong language such as "f--k" and see characters drink socially and use illegal drugs such as cocaine.
Is It Any Good?
Paul Spector is quiet as he listens to a bereaved couple relating their agony at losing their son, murmuring only a few calm questions as they talk. If you closed your eyes, you could imagine he's really trying to help. But as the camera shifts, the viewer sees he's doodling out a picture of the grieving mother topless -- a prime example of how The Fall shows instead of tells, with chilling results.
This show is binge watching at its best; it's at once compulsively watchable and intelligent, well-written and beautifully acted with compelling performances to boot. But make no mistake: It's not for kids, thanks to the disturbing nature of Spector's crimes and the show's frank portrayal of sexual acts. Even parents with older teens might want to think twice before giving them carte blanche to watch, much less binge-watch, with reckless abandon.
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