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"The Family" review by Suzanne 3/11/16
Airs Sundays 9/8c on ABC

I watched the first episode of this and enjoyed it. I'll probably watch some more if I have time. It's not SO good that I must add it to my TV-viewing list, but it's got an intriguing story, and I kind of want to see where it goes.

The Warren family loses one of their sons, and then ten years later, he shows up, even though they arrested his supposed murderer. Oops! In the meantime, the parents have split, mom is am ambitious politician, the other son is a drunk, sister looks very guilty, and the young cop who "solved" the crime is now a decorated detective.  There are many more secrets, as we will learn. The actors in it do a great job. It stars Joan Allen, who's always good, and Andrew McCarthy who's great as the not-quite-right guy who was jailed for the crime.

The show reminds me a little bit of other recent shows like "Broadchurch" (or its U.S. counterpart "Gracepoint"), "The Killing," "American Family" and "American Crime."  In each case, there's a white middle class family that seems normal, but they're torn apart by a murder or some other crime, and then we learn that they have lots of secrets, as the police investigate to find the killer or other bad guy.  Usually, the investigator has as much baggage as the family, if not more. I guess this is the latest TV fad.

Still, it's a good story and reminiscent of some real life cases, like the abduction of Elizabeth Smart. These type of child crimes rarely are committed by strangers, in real life. Any kind of violent crime like murder, rape, or child molesting, are usually done by someone the victim knows.  TV often tries to make it sound like there's some creepy villain out there, just waiting to grab your child on the way to school, but that is very rare. 

It's a pretty good drama, so check it out and decide for yourself if you think it's worth watching!


ABC's new thriller The Family follows the return of a politicianís young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emergeóis he really who he says he is?

The Family stars Joan Allen as Claire, Alison Pill as Willa, Margot Bingham as Sergeant Nina Meyer, Zach Gilford as Danny, Liam James as Adam, Floriana Lima as Bridey, Madeleine Arthur as Young Willa, Rarmian Newton as Young Danny, Rupert Graves as John and Andrew McCarthy as Hank.

New series The Family was written by Jenna Bans. Executive producers are Jenna Bans and Mandeville Televisionís Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman and Laurie Zaks. The Family is produced by ABC Studios.

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