A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Story about a unique murder investigation; themes include coping with trauma, loss of loved ones, and building relationships. Sexism associated with military service is highlighted.
Positive Role Models
Both Detective Amy Silva and Detective Kirsten Longacre are good at their jobs, are persistent when trying to uncover the truth, regardless of pressures to do otherwise. Everybody else is a suspect at one time or another. Some naval officers and political operatives confess to engaging in inappropriate behaviors unrelated to crimes being investigated. Commander Newsome doesn't always appear to be the most competent when managing his crew's behavior.
The main characters are LGBTQ+, male and female, and Black, Asian, and White.
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Violence & Scariness
Murder is a major theme. Characters are sometimes punched, stabbed, drowned, etc. Corpses are visible, sometimes with wounds or other injuries. Scenes of a fatal car and boat accident. Folks sometimes argue, yell, threaten.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some innuendo. A major subplot involves a romantic relationship. Illicit affairs, both onboard the boat and off, are discussed.
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Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are used frequently.
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Products & Purchases
Dell computers are occasionally, but prominently, visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The investigation includes questions about a drug overdose. Hard liquor is visible, drunken behavior is discussed. Consumption of antidepressants and withdrawal from these medications is addressed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vigil is a British miniseries that centers around fictional murder and espionage. Vehicle accidents, occasional assaults (punching, stabbings), and images of corpses are sometimes shown (some with bloody wounds or other injuries). There's some sexual suggestiveness, cursing, and drinking, and incidents of drunken behavior and drug use are talked about within the context of criminal investigation. The loss of loved ones, and coping with trauma, are also themes.
Is It Any Good?
The character-driven British series combines elements of a police procedural with military high drama to create an intense, suspense-filled viewing experience. As the plot unfolds, cast members smoothly switch from being seemingly unflappable to disconcerted and yielding, creating moments of suspicion and doubt every step of the way. Meanwhile, DCI Silva's (Suranne Jones) traumatic backstory and her current relationship with her deputy (Rose Leslie) add some dimension to the story. If you're looking for some binge-worthy, nail-biting entertainment, Vigil will fit the bill.
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