A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Young Wallander's subject matter is purposefully edgy, but the show is essentially about the resourcefulness and resilience it takes to do police work.
Positive Role Models
Despite its attempts to be topical with an immigration subplot, Young Wallander sometimes succumbs to racial stereotypes, such as a man of Middle Eastern decent being suspected of terrorism.
Violence & Scariness
Young Wallander's violence is mostly restrained, but does include shots of a man getting blown up, a man getting stabbed where blood is shown, etc.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Young Wallander contains mild sexual content. Men appear in their underwear or shirtless in towels, etc.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Young Wallander contains moderate profanity, like "s--t" and "c--t,"
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol and sometimes appear drunk. Drug sales are implied, but no drug use is shown. No smoking is shown.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Young Wallander is a crime drama that attempts to do a gritty reboot of the popular Wallander character that's best known in Europe. The show tells the story of the Swedish policeman's first case, in which a young man is killed with a hand grenade, possibly in an act of terrorism. The show is set in modern-day Sweden and features a topical subplot about immigration, with an anti-immigration faction that is meant to parallel Neo-Nazis. The show is typically restrained in its depiction of violence, but it does show some graphic acts like the death by hand grenade and a man getting stabbed. There are depictions of police brutality during an anti-immigration march. Strong language includes "s--t" and "c--t," amd there's some mild sexuality, in the form of shirtless men in towels for example.
Is It Any Good?
Over the past decade, edgy reboots of stodgy, old detective characters like this one have become a cliche, and often a punchline. James Bond, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot, Sherlock Holmes (multiple times), and, most recently, Perry Mason, have all reappeared as younger versions of themselves designed to appeal to younger viewers, with varying degrees of success. Young Wallander follows this trend with a character popular in Europe but relatively unknown in the States, and it doesn't do much to set itself apart from the endless barrage of streaming crime shows. The update of the character is essentially limited to the topical immigration subplot and filming of everything in either shadow or neon light (a Nicolas Winding Refn knockoff, basically). In other words, very little is done to define who the character is and why he is unique, almost as if the showrunners expect the Wallander name to do most of the work, even though few will recognize it.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.