TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Kiefer's emotional drama explores fatherhood, connections.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's premise is that all people are interconnected in some way -- expressing the idea that we have more in common with others than we might think. The relationship between the father and son highlights the often poignant challenges that come with raising and understanding a special needs child.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Martin is an overtaxed single father who loves his special needs son and is committed to doing whatever he needs to do to help him. He works hard to understand what his son is trying to communicate, even under frustrating circumstances.


The boy's mother died on 9/11, and there are references to the terrorist attack. Bombing attempts, fiery traffic accidents, and other violent events sometimes form part of the storyline. Occasional images of people pushing, shoving, and punching.


Subtle references to prostitution.


Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible.


Apple laptops. Various cell phone brands are occasionally visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking is visible at bars and social functions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this emotional drama explores heavy themes like the loss of a parent, raising a special needs child, and the interconnectedness of all humans. Violence -- including bombings, car accidents, and references to 9/11 -- is part of some storylines. There are also a few references to sexuality, some mild language, and occasional social drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLowe's man February 23, 2016


Since I have Asperger's Syndrome you would think that I would've liked this show since Jake, the son, is autistic and since he's fascinated with... Continue reading
Adult Written byIbn.Elsayeda May 9, 2014
Teen, 13 years old Written byCachou June 13, 2018

Just... WOW!!!

This is an INCREDIBLE show, exploring the depth and difficulties of raising a special needs child. It can introduce people to all sorts of cultures, as each epi... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byDackelfreund February 6, 2018


It is so brilliant how all details of the plot are connected. Nothing is a coincidence in this series...
It is a great series with many happy endings but also a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Kiefer Sutherland stars in TOUCH as Martin Bohm, a former reporter, 9/11 widower, and single father. His son, Jake (David Mazouz), is an emotionally challenged 11-year-old who won't speak, resists human contact, and is obsessed with numbers. Over time, Martin realizes that his son isn't just trying to communicate with numbers but is actually using Fibonacci number sequences (numeric sequences that connect seemingly unrelated things) to predict events before they happen. With the help of Professor Arthur Teller (Danny Glover) and social worker Clea Hopkins (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), Martin follows the roadmaps created by Jake's numeric sequencing in order to understand what it is that his son is telling him -- and to potentially stop something from happening. As a result, he changes the destiny (often unknowingly) of different people around the world.

Is it any good?

This intelligent, well-written series tells an interesting story by combining the events of 9/11, mathematical theory, and the challenges that come with raising a child with special needs to create a backdrop for each episode's story. Watching how each narrative impacts select individuals around the world is also very compelling.

While Jake's gifts are somewhat supernatural, the show does a good job of highlighting the complex challenges that come with trying to communicate with a child who can't do so in traditional ways. It also reminds us that people, like numbers, are interconnected in ways that we can't even dream of.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how disability is portrayed in the media. What messages do you get about the boy's abilities and disabilities from Touch? How accurately does the show depict living with a disability? Do you think fictional shows are suited to help educate viewers about disorders like autism, etc.?

  • How do numbers come into play in this show? Do you think math is a good way of understanding how the world works? Do you think shows like this one could make math more interesting to teens?

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