A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There are some areas of grey, where characters must behave immorally to protect their lives and families, but for the most part, there's a clear distinction between good and evil.
Positive Role Models
The characters who choose to behave morally must fight against heavy odds and shadowy, powerful forces to do good, which makes their sacrifices all the more powerful.
Violence & Scariness
Although it's relatively inexplicit, there's plenty of violence on the show, with frequent use and appearance of weapons. A few of the violent acts get bloody; for example, a man's jump off a hotel balcony is followed by a close-up of his corpse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional sexual banter or innuendo; very brief sex scenes with no sensitive body parts shown.
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Occasional use of language like "damn," "hell," and "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One main character smokes frequently, though her friends urge her not to. As part of the show's occasional view of the criminal underworld, characters are depicted smoking and drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this legal drama features occasional moments of violence, with brief glimpses of gore. The show's plotting is very dense and swift, with a focus on criminals and their legal issues. Occasional language includes "hell" and "ass." The lead character's focus on doing good and helping others in spite of constant threats to his life and morality provides an worthwhile role model for mature viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Though The Firm is packed with action, it tends to suffer from confusing plot mechanics and all-too-brief info dumps. The producers clearly believe that there's an audience out there that's intimately familiar with the details of a book and movie that came out many years ago. Unfortunately, they don't provide enough bread crumbs for more forgetful viewers to follow into the story.
Thankfully, The Firm is full of great acting by some underrated players -- two Battlestar Galactica vets, Tricia Helfer and Callum Keith Rennie, provide supporting roles. Juliette Lewis and Lucas also bring life to the proceedings. They all do the best with what they're given, and the show's episodes have their moments, but the unclear execution of the series' central storyline makes The Firm fall somewhat flat.
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