A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Fix is a dramatic series about a murder investigation that is linked back to a sensational murder trial. Although it's a work of fiction, these details are reminiscent of people and events associated with the O.J. Simpson trial. Brutal murders and domestic abuse are key themes, and images of bruises and bloody images are shown. It has a fair amount of rough language ("bitch," "piss," "ass," etc.), as well as references to infidelity and sexual behavior. References to social media, including Instagram and Facebook are frequent, and alcohol (beer, hard liquor) is sometimes visible.
What's the story?
Executive-produced and co-written by former Los Angeles district attorney Marcia Clark (known for prosecuting the 1995 high-profile O.J. Simpson murder trial), THE FIX features an LA district attorney who's trying to serve justice while seeking redemption. In 2010, Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) left the Los Angeles District Attorney's office after losing a high-profile double-murder case against popular actor Severen "Sevvy" Johnson (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). But when Johnson's girlfriend is found dead eight years later, Deputy DA Matthew Collier (Adam Rayner) asks Travis to return from her quiet life in the Pacific Northwest with gentle partner River Allgood (Marc Blucas) to work the case alongside former co-workers like CJ Emerson (Merrin Dungey) and new prosecutors like Loni Kampoor (Mouzam Makkar). But things quickly get more complicated when Sevvy Johnson hires friend and seasoned attorney Ezra Wolf (Scott Cohen), who succeeded in getting him acquitted the first time around.
Is it any good?
It's hard not to associate this fictional story with the events surrounding the now infamous murder trial against O.J. Simpson, which makes the overall story feel awkward and predictable. Maya Travis and the rest of the former prosecutors appear short-sighted and vengeful, while Sevvy Johnson continues to act like a man who is guilty, even if he isn't.
It also underscores the vast role media plays in high-profile cases, which is now especially difficult to manage thanks to social media. Nonetheless, the obvious connections between fact and fiction make it near impossible to appreciate any attempts to move beyond this narrative and focus on other plot twists. As a result, viewers are left wondering if the objective of The Fix is to entertain, or to give Marcia Clark a chance to retry the sensational murder case in a more creative way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the reasons that the O.J. Simpson trial continues to be discussed in media today. Does it serve any purpose outside of exploiting the story to make money?
The Fix points to the media as a major factor in the success or failure of managing a criminal trial. Why? Is this necessarily a bad thing?
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