A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Technology is complicated; some people have troubling motives.
Positive Role Models
Some characters are duplicitous, and others are simply trying to get by.
Violence & Scariness
Some gunplay; a man smashes his head into a mirror; a man sets himself on fire and falls to his death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references are made; a topless photo is shown; sex is suggested (but no nudity is shown) between the protagonist and his wife.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some alcohol is consumed; one character is shown smoking in nearly every scene she's in, sometimes while simultaneously using an albuterol inhaler for asthma.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You Are Wanted is a thriller series about issues of privacy and technology in the modern age. There's minor sexuality and some nudity (a topless photo is "sexted" to a character's smartphone) as well as acts of violence and some gunplay. A character is seen assembling materials to create a bomb, someone smashes their own face into a mirror, and a man sets himself on fire and jumps out a window. One of the detectives is a hard-core chain-smoker, and a child is creepily threatened on more than one occasion.
Is It Any Good?
A nimble pace and strong performances from the leads make this cyber thriller a binge-worthy treat. The show looks great, too, from the Franke family's catalog-worthy, light-filled contemporary home to the shadowy tech dens where unwashed, hoodie-clad computer geeks hang out. It's always enjoyable to watch an attractive and sympathetic everyman character try to clear his name as an unknown assailant does everything in their power to turn the man's entire life -- and his own family -- against him. It's a formula that has worked time and again in shows and films like The Fugitive and North by Northwest. The fact that Lukas Franke's nightmare is borne out of relatable situations and ubiquitous objects (laptops, security cameras, bank transfers) makes it particularly gripping fun.
Amazon is hoping to make things easy on U.S. audiences by offering this German-made drama in an English-dubbed version, but the new voice performances are distractingly wooden. If you don't mind turning on English subtitles instead, it's highly preferable to watch You Are Wanted in the original German. Whether you speak the language or not, the actors' authentic intonations make for a better viewing experience.
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