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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Subtle references to prostitution.
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Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Apple laptops. Various cell phone brands are occasionally visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking is visible at bars and social functions.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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