Parents' Guide to

The Returned

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

People come back from the dead in eerie supernatural drama.

TV A&E Drama 2015
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As showrunner Carlton Cuse showed aptly on Lost, he's a pro at conjuring an eerie atmosphere. The scenes in which the newly returned walk through their changed town and try to come home are genuinely, compellingly horrifying in the best tradition of terror: It doesn't just creep you out, it makes you wonder what you'd do in the same situation. How would you act if your daughter suddenly came back from the dead? And how surprised would she be coming home to find the marriage of her parents (Tandi Wright and Mark Pellegrino, both outstanding) broken up and her twin sister years older?

The Returned has a Twin Peaks vibe and not only because the scenery features green trees and rushing water. It shares a surreal, dark majesty with that show, and, as with Twin Peaks, the viewer wants to keep watching to find the answer to a central mystery. Will The Returned resolve its mysteries more satisfyingly than Twin Peaks did? Seeing as it's Cuse at the helm, the man who polarized a nation with the ending to Lost, all bets are off. Indeed, frustratingly, Cuse seems to be showing some of the same irritating tendencies. Mysteries that could be cleared up linger when characters refuse to answer questions; characters act in ways contrary to normal human behavior. It's worth noting that many fans of the French version of this series complain that the plot went off the rails as the season progressed.

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