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Parents' Guide to

The Family

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark, complex drama built around child rape and murder.

TV ABC Drama 2016
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Created by former Scandal co-executive producer and longtime Shonda Rhimes collaborator Jenna Bans, this drama bears the ShondaLand stamp in all the best ways. The writing is soapy and crisp, the characterizations deft, the acting five-star all the way, particularly on the parts of three-time Oscar nominee Allen and Pill as her hard-bitten daughter and chief political operative. Anyone who's tuned in to Scandal or How to Get Away with Murder will be familiar with the Shonda-like doling out of secrets, the sudden reveals, and the simmering intrigue. The central question of the show -- is the returned Adam an impostor or the real thing? -- is just one of the many mysteries to be slowly solved as the action flips from one well-drawn character to the next. This is appointment TV at its finest or binge-worthy fare you won't be able to stop watching.

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