Parents' Guide to

The Investigation

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling Danish true crime drama sticks to the facts.

TV Max Drama 2021
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True crime documentaries and series tend to rely on fantastical stories that seem fictional even though they're taken from real life. There's an incredible true story at the center of The Investigation too, but the series treats it differently than most. Rather than make the disappearance and possible murder of a woman the story's hook, the series hews very closely to the chief inspector's process as he uncovers facts and pieces together what happened. The drama is subtle and patient, if sometimes dry, but there is something extremely powerful about not framing a woman's murder as pure entertainment. In that sense, it really is the compelling story of an investigation rather than the story of a lurid crime.

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