A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A dark show overall, but there are some positive messages about surviving and coping with trauma.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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