A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Investigation is about a compassionate and logical process for police work, and treating the violent crime with the gravity and respect it deserves.
Positive Role Models
Characters on The Investigation are insightful, curious, compassionate, and thorough.
Violence & Scariness
Though the central event of The Investigation is an act of brutal violence, the series does not show any violent acts. Violent crimes, including rape, murder, and assault, are described in detail but not filmed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content is limited to discussions about sex, though it's spoken about graphically. Police discuss rape and sexual abuse, but it is not shown. Sex is also discussed as a motive for crime.
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Moderate profanity is used throughout and includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
The real life crime had global coverage.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are seen casually smoking or drinking in social situations. No drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Investigation is a Danish crime drama based on the real murder of a journalist in 2017. The story is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the homicide department investigating the case, which de-sensationalizes the woman's disappearance. Moderate profanity is used throughout and includes "f--k," "s--t," and "damn," and characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol in some scenes. Violence is described, but never shown, and the murderer is never mentioned by name, allowing the series to focus more on the investigation than the crime. In a genre that tends to treat murder and abuse, especially to women, as entertainment, The Investigation feels somewhat unique among true crime dramas.
Is It Any Good?
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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