A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The criminal justice system is slow, painstaking. Racism and bigotry are addressed.
Positive Role Models
Some people do their jobs well, some don't.
Violence & Scariness
Murder is central to the plot; people are shown playing with knives. A bloody crime scene and a corpse are shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo; sex acts, potential rape discussed.
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"Ass"; "s--t," "f--k," and so on.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (hard liquor), cigarette smoking; drug use shown, discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Night Of is a gritty dramatic series about the investigation and prosecution of a violent murder. A bloody crime scene with a corpse is often visible, and various activities using a knife are both visible and described. There's also some strong sexual innuendo and blunt discussions of sexual activity. Cursing is frequent, and drinking and drug use are visible. Racism and bigotry are addressed, especially as they relate to the Muslim community.
Is It Any Good?
This dark, somber drama takes a close look at the process by which a complex murder case is investigated and tried. The calm and deliberate presentation of the narrative, uniquely offered without the help of background music to move it along, acts as a call to viewers to pay close attention. As a result, audiences are immediately given the chance to acknowledge things ranging from obvious anti-Muslim bigotry to tiny details that could have a major impact on how the case is resolved.
The ongoing sense of melancholy and despondence that permeates the story's world creates an experience that can be both disturbing and mentally exhausting. However, this is exactly what it's going for, as it's designed to reproduce the slow, and often grim, process of navigating the criminal justice system. But the weightiness of it all doesn't overwhelm the well-written, well-rounded detective story that it offers and that will no doubt satisfy fans of the genre.
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