A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The religion central to this show is intentionally kept vague but espouses peace, compassion, and a vegan diet; it also finds and aids people in trouble. Said religion is also controlling, shadowy, creepy, and cult-like.
Positive Role Models
Eddie Cleary is a conflicted man who intends to do good deeds but often makes ethically complicated choices. However, he's a present and involved father and loving husband to his children. Religious leaders have an alarming hidden agenda for followers and use dangerous means to gain their ends.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of devastation from a trailer park destroyed by a tornado, including children crying and a woman holding an infant with blood on his body; a man cries while describing his brother's suicide by hanging; a religious leader brutally beats another man when he refuses to apologize to his daughter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married woman wears lingerie to excite her husband and complains about her "boobs" looking better before she had kids; they have sex with moaning and thrusting (no nudity). A woman removes her nightgown to seduce a man; we see her in underwear with breasts visible. References to oral sex and prostitution (the woman says her dad "sold her to his friends" when she was very young).
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One unbleeped "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
"Meyerism" bears a similarity to Scientology; viewers may be more interested in learning about that controversial faith after watching.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A medic gives an addict in withdrawal a medication without a prescription or examination; references to drug use. Participants at a religious retreat are clearly on a psychedelic drug later referred to as "medicine."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Path is a drama about a shadowy religion that may be a destructive cult. Leaders at a "retreat" use an unnamed psychedelic drug to bring on visions; they refer to it as "medicine" and being "high." An injured child screams at the site of a trailer park devastated by a tornado; a man brutally beats another after he won't apologize to someone he's wronged. A woman attempts to seduce a man by removing her nightgown and standing in front of him with her breasts visible, and she offers to perform oral sex on him. A married couple has sex with moaning and thrusting but no nudity. References to a family member committing suicide by hanging. Many visual references to the fictitious religion feature a logo, jargon, and religious rituals. A religious leader forecasts doom for our planet with fires, flood, starvation, and wars.
Is It Any Good?
This creepy, well-acted drama definitely has a hooky premise, but it's slow-burning and talky -- teens may get bored, though the intricate plot will have charms for some. Chief among them is learning more about the tenets and practices of Meyerism, which show creators insist is not meant to be a twin of Scientology, though it bears many similarities. With many shots of cracked-open doors, long mysterious corridors, Meyerist symbols carved into doors and clocks and books, The Path slowly draws viewers in. Nothing much happens for moments at a time: People sit and talk, they take car rides, they debate. But slowly a picture emerges of a noose tightening, particularly around the neck of Eddie, a good man caught in the grip of something bigger than himself. It's a story line that takes some sophistication to appreciate. Viewers who watch distracted, half-watching and half-playing with their phones, may complain that "nothing happens." Yet others who don't mind letting a drama slowly unspool, particularly those who have an interest in cult-like religions, will be glad to get caught in its spell.
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