A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though many of the characters are difficult and complex, The Undoing, like most mysteries, is about the pursuit of truth and the courage to act morally, despite incentive to do otherwise.
Positive Role Models
Central character Grace is portrayed as insightful, compassionate, and generous. The other characters tend to come off as more hard-edged and potentially untrustworthy by contrast.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is shown sparingly. The central event of the show is a violent murder, but only glimpses of the crime are seen. Part of the victim's bloody body is seen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The Undoing features full frontal nudity, characters talking about sex, and other sexual content, as in one scene where a mother breastfeeding is oddly sexualized.
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Profanity is used throughout and includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc.
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Products & Purchases
One of the main themes of The Undoing is the behavior of those with wealth and privilege. However, no consumerism is shown directly.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol socially. No smoking or drug use is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Undoing is a psychological thriller about a young mother who is murdered. The show focuses on a group of Manhattan parents, their social circles, and the private school their children attend, particularly Grace (Nicole Kidman), her son (Noah Jupe), and her husband (Hugh Grant). The show features lots of sexual content, including full frontal nudity. Violence is shown sparingly. The murder itself is not seen, but the bloody body is briefly shown. Moderate profanity includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc. Though the plots and creative teams are not related, The Undoing feels like a thematic sequel to the popular Big Little Lies. It moves at a similarly slow pace, draws suspense from a mysterious murder that may involve the main characters, and has a familiar set-up in which a mother from a lower social class infiltrates a wealthy group of friends.
Is It Any Good?
It's tough for a psychological thriller to be good when the characters don't actually have inner lives. The Undoing -- which attempts to follow in the footsteps of recent successful HBO miniseries Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects (but feels incredibly shallow in comparison) -- hinges upon the relationship between Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan (Hugh Grant), but there's nothing especially interesting about them. Instead, it becomes clear that Grace is the nicest person in a group of snooty socialites, which is maybe one of the least dramatic things for a show to be about. Among other things, Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects made the most of their coastal California and rural Missouri settings. The Undoing, on the other hand, makes upper Manhattan look like an anonymous collection of parking structures and crosswalks. If it were aiming for style over substance that would be one thing, but The Undoing doesn't have much of either.
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