A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive Role Models
The main characters overcome personal boundaries and barriers to work more efficiently as a team. The characters also show compassion and empathy to those who've been affected by crime as well as to certain criminal perpetrators, especially if the person's backstory humanizes them.
Will Trent himself may not be Latino, but he's played by Latino actor Ramón Rodríguez. Black characters are among the main cast, and the series is set in Atlanta, a majority-Black city; it highlights issues affecting people of color, including the racist history behind the creation of Lake Lanier. Female characters are given complex histories and storylines as well as leadership positions, such as Trent's superior, Amanda Wagner (Sonja Sohn), who's also a lesbian. Will is severely dyslexic, causing him to have trouble reading, and the character provides much-needed representation for those with learning disabilities.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes with murder, gruesomeness, gore. Descriptions of violence and torture.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scenes with kissing, off-screen sex is alluded to.
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Multiple use of swear words ("hell," "damn," etc.) and an episode in which a character says a racial slur ("gal").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Will Trent is a procedural show that follows a detective who grew up in the foster care system and faces his personal history as he solves crimes with his reluctant partner. The series includes scenes of gore, murder, and torture, descriptions of killing and torture, swear words, drinking, and sexual content. The characters portray teamwork against the odds as well as compassion and empathy. The series also provides representation for racial diversity, sexual diversity, and learning differences.
Is It Any Good?
If you're a stickler for Southern accents, Will Trent's accent, which can sound like something from a Tennessee Williams production, might sound jarring at first. But once you get used to that, Will Trent is a surprisingly funny and entertaining procedural that makes Atlanta and Gwinnett County as a whole a major character.
Southern viewers in particular will appreciate how the South is shown in all its colors, from upscale parts of town to the backwoods, even including the purportedly haunted Lake Lanier. Speaking of Lake Lanier, the lake's dark and racist past is just one way Will Trent approaches racial history and classism, particularly since Trent and his on-again-off-again girlfriend and fellow detective Angie Polaski (Erika Christensen) grew up as foster children. Overall, Will Trent is a fun show for fans of procedurals who are looking for something a little different from the standard fare.
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