A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Your Honor is a mature drama series focused on the actions of morally ambiguous characters following a tragic event. A hit-and-run accident is depicted with graphic, disturbing realism, including blood, gore, and an extended scene of the victim -- a teenage boy -- dying a painful death. In the same scene, a character is threatened with gun violence and suffers an asthma attack. Drugs are referenced, and a court hearing defendant is accused of hiding illegal substances in her vagina.
Foul language is infrequent, but includes the use of "f--k," s--t," and "hell." A young couple kiss intimately in bed, presumably after having had sex. Both the male and female's buttocks are shown, as is the latter's breasts, briefly.
What's the story?
YOUR HONOR tells the story of Michael Desiato (Bryan Cranston), a respected New Orleans judge who goes to great, often illegal lengths to cover up a crime committed by his son Adam (Hunter Doohan). Following the latter's involvement in a lethal hit-and-run accident, things quickly spin out of control for the father and son. The victim is the son of Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg,) a vicious mob boss who'll stop at nothing to find the person responsible for his boy's death. This set-up kicks off a series of complicated, dangerous events that not only affect the key players, but everyone they pull into their evolving web of crimes, lies, and deceit.
Is it any good?
It's difficult to not recall Breaking Bad's Walter White while watching Your Honor's good-judge-gone-bad jump through increasingly complex hoops to cover up his son's role in a lethal hit-and-run accident. Despite having traveled a similarly murky path with Cranston before though, it's still an absolute joy seeing him slowly transform from seemingly upstanding protagonist to morally ambiguous antihero. It doesn't hurt that the series' outstanding ensemble cast -- from Hope Davis' mob matriarch to Amy Landecker's dogged detective -- aren't merely present to prop up Cranston, but elevate the story with their own meaty performances.
Unfortunately, though, not even the stellar cast can keep Your Honor's twisty tale from occasionally buckling beneath its own weight. Its solid premise might make for a great two-hour feature film, but stretched over nine episodes it sometimes feels as though it's trying too hard to fill the time. There are a few too many narrative paths that either wind on too long, veer into far fetched directions, or simply feel unnecessary. That's not to say the show isn't packed with enough thrills, tension, and cliffhangers to easily keep you engaged for its entire run. On the contrary, the fantastic cast and dark, pulpy plot will more than satisfy fans looking to scratch that Breaking Bad or Ozark itch. Just don't be surprised when this promising, star-studded entry reveals itself to be more guilty pleasure weekend binge than must-see prestige TV.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the circumstances surrounding the story's central accident. What did Adam do right in this situation? How did he handle it poorly? What caused him to react the way he did?
In trying to protect his son, does Michael do the right thing? How could he handle the situation differently? How do people know what "the right thing" is?
What does the series say about bonds and loyalty between friends and family? It it ever okay to not be loyal to someone you love? Is it ever okay to do something wrong or even illegal to protect the ones you love?
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