Parents' Guide to

The Night Of

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Somber detective story is weighty, mature.

TV HBO Drama 2016
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

not for kids

The review is really about the first episode. There is a sex scene in episode 2 or 3 and male nudity in episode 5

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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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