A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Despite the series including a lot of violence, themes of courageousness, self-control, and teamwork come through. It takes a depth of courage, perseverance, and self-control to make it through a difficult and deadly situation. It also requires a level of trust in teamwork to ensure everyone can survive. Compassion is also on display in how the inmates are treated by several members of staff.
Positive Role Models
Hugo Roca is intent on running his psychiatric prison with compassion and understanding. These traits are also evident in Dr. Espada, although more about his character gets revealed as the series goes on. Hugo, however, shows leadership as he stewards the trapped inmates and employees through a harrowing night that also has immense stakes for his family. Hugo has to trust in an enemy, serial killer Simón Lago, as well as his employees and inmates to band together against the outside threat.
The series is centered in Spain and stars primarily Spanish actors. In addition, other actors of color include Huichi Chiu, an Asian-Spanish actress, and Jean Cruz, an actor of African descent from the Dominican Republic. Female characters are as prevalent as male characters in the series, but several characters have their stories defined by their relationships to men, whether that's a father-daughter relationship or a romantic one.
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Violence & Scariness
Multiple scenes with murder, torture, and descriptions of murder. A scene with a violent car crash. Scenes with fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Ableist language including "nuthouse," "crazy people," etc. Swear words and phrases including "damned," "goddamn," "pain in the ass," "motherf--ker," "f--k," "f--king," "a--hole," "son of a bitch," "s--t," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scene located in a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know The Longest Night is a Spanish thriller series that follows a warden, his deputies, and those incarcerated as they try to survive a night with a notorious serial killer and a group that wants to take him. The series includes swear words, graphic descriptions of murder and torture, and scenes with torture, murder, and other violence (like a graphic car crash). Ableist language includes "nuthouse," "crazy people." Swear words and phrases include "goddamn," "f--k," "s--t," "hell."
Is It Any Good?
This is a show viewers will get quickly get absorbed in. The action is well-paced and, as expected, there are scenes that jolt the viewer while making them even more curious about what the central mystery is to Simón (Callejo) and the group who will kill to have him.
Just as compelling is the personal drama involving Hugo (Ammann) and his family. While his children are trapped with him at the facility, his oldest daughter is held captive by the same people who want Simón. With everything on the line, viewers will quickly want to get from one episode to the next to see if everyone will make it out alive.
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