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By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dark, compelling drama best for adults only.

TV FX Drama 2005
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In the tradition of Tony Soprano, Nick straddles the line between good-hearted father figure and murdering, thieving criminal, and Braugher's acting is up to the challenge. He slips from authoritative criminal boss to sensitive father to intimidating tough guy to grieving spouse with ease. Nick's brooding stepdaughter, Tammi (Mae Whitman), holds her own against Nick's intensity. She's struggling to face the fact that her real father is a deadbeat while also getting wrapped up in her boyfriend's criminal enterprises. She faces real teen dilemmas like being pressured for physical intimacy and tempted by drugs, albeit under circumstances only a TV show could force together.

Set in New Orleans, Thief integrates references and scenes from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. But a savvy viewer can tell that the majority of the action, at least in early episodes, was shot either before the hurricane or outside of New Orleans proper. Way too much seems to be operating as usual -- most obviously, the police force. Like The Sopranos, Thief is not intended for kids. Guns and blood aside, the premise that criminals who kill and steal then come home to teach their children good morals is confusing. But it's interesting, too. And for those parents who allow their kids to watch Thief, this paradox should prove ripe for conversation.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: March 28, 2005
  • Cast: Andre Braugher
  • Network: FX
  • Genre: Drama
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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