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Family" review by Suzanne
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
It's a pretty good drama, so check it
out and decide for yourself if you think it's worth
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
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
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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