The InBetween

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Dark crime show about all-powerful psychic is pretty flat.

Parents say

age 13+
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Kids say

age 13+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

A dark show overall, but there are some positive messages about surviving and coping with trauma.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each of the main characters is either a woman, a person of color, or LGBTQ. The show has a vague moral outlook, but the detectives and Cassie are interested in solving crimes, resulting in a better world.

Violence

Violence is rarely shown as it happens; the show often edits away from the violent act. However, victims are frequently shown both in real life and again as gruesome, bloody spectres in Cassie's visions. 

Sex

Sex is occasionally shown on-screen in the form of couples in bed in their underwear. Otherwise it's always hinted at or implied. When sex crimes are discussed, the show does it in vague terms.

Language
Consumerism

Sometimes Cassie will name-check liquors while she's bartending.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

It is strongly implied in the first scene that Cassie has a problem with alcohol, and uses it to cope with her psychic powers. She also works as a bartender, so there are several scenes each episode of her serving her friends.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The InBetween is a dark crime procedural about a woman with psychic powers who helps detectives in Seattle. The show revolves around violent crimes, and lead character Cassie (Harriet Dyer) often has grisly visions of the crimes and victims. Additionally, she has the ability to speak with ghosts who are stuck in a sort of purgatory, who are often victims or criminals that discuss their crimes. Cassie is shown to drink to excess, and she also works as a bartender, so many scenes involve alcohol.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGiaMigz August 15, 2019

Super Wonder Human

Its a show about a girl that has a gift and she sees or feels dead people and helps her dad solve crimes by some of the clues she's given through out her d... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bysam55.b September 20, 2019

Different

This show is a little different. It is about a person Cassie who can see ghosts. Each episode tells a different story about Cassie as she helps her cop dad to h... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE INBETWEEN, Cassie Bedford (Harriet Dyer) is a bartender with latent psychic powers that allow her to see visions and communicate with the dead. She uses these powers to help her detective father, Tom Hackett (Paul Blackthorne), and his partner, Damien Asante (Justin Cornwell), solve crimes. Meanwhile, she helps ghosts stuck in purgatory to deal with the traumatic events that landed them there.

Is it any good?

The trouble with this series isn't just that it gives its central character psychic powers, but that it seems to give her every psychic power. She has premonitions, talks to the dead, reads minds, and sees visions of the past. One of the reasons The Mentalist and some of its imitators are so successful is that they place restrictions on their protagonists. Patrick Jane was, essentially, a con man, so he was constantly having to work within realistic limitations to solve crimes, even if he was exceptionally good at it. Cassie can't do everything all at once, but her gifts change according to what the story needs her to do.

For mystery stories to work, they need to be a fair fight, and there needs to be a reasonable chance the bad guys will win. The InBetween gets it backwards, stacking the deck so far in Cassie's favor that, like her, the viewer always knows what's coming.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Cassie's powers. What do her psychic powers entail? Why does she have them? Do you think anyone really has powers like this? 

  • How does the idea of family play into The InBetween? Who are the families on the show? How do they relate to each other? What about the families involved in the crimes, either as victims or criminals?

  • How good are the detectives at their jobs? How do they go about their work? If they didn't have Cassie's help, do you feel like these crimes would be solved?

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For kids who love mysteries

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