Prodigal Son

TV Show • 2019 •   

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The son of a notorious serial killer becomes an acclaimed criminal psychologist who uses his unique insight into how killers think to help the NYPD.
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Does the dog die?
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Does a pet die?
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Were animals harmed in the making?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Is a minor sexualized?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Is there bestiality?
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Is an animal sad?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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Abuse
Is someone stalked?
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Theyhulk
In the 4th episode, two famous characters not part of the main cast (one woman and one man) are stalked by fans. I’d avoid this one entirely if stalking is an issue for you, it’s a big part of the crime.
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GoodnightMoonlight
Domestic violence occurs towards the end of Episode 17 (The Stranger Beside You). The abuser is arrested by the end of the episode.
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Theyhulk
Martin and Jessica both gaslight Malcolm a LOT, especially about a girl he sees in a box in Martin’s ‘hobby room’ as a child.
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Is a child abused?
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teagoblin
I will also add we find out that Malcolm's father had planned to kill him as a child and had gone as far as take him to an isolated place with an accomplice before hesitating and deciding against it.
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Addiction
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Theyhulk
TLDR: Yes, but it’s usually someone drugging someone else. LSD (in one episode), opioids (briefly), and chloroform are the main ones.
Malcolm mentions self-medicating with opioids to help himself sleep, but claims it’s in the past. Up to the 4th episode, we don’t see him use any.
Additionally, in the third episode (I think), the murder revolves around consensual and non-consensual LSD use.
Martin (and possibly Jessica) used chloroform to make Malcolm pass out as a child so he didn’t remember anything that pointed to Martin’s killings. Malcolm later drugs himself with chloroform to try and recall repressed memories.
Lastly, drugs are commonly used to kill or immobilize victims.
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Is there addiction?
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SilverSelkie
Jessica is explicitly and alcoholic and Dani's backstop involves drug abuse and addiction
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teagoblin
Malcolm's mother Jessica is shown in quite a few episodes to be an alcoholic and a few people describe her as such. Mostly it's just shown as her usually having a drink in her hand, taking bottles of alcohol, and talking about drinking.
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Animal
Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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ohyikeshaha
A few rabbits are killed which can be really triggering, the backstory and all is mildly twisted considering someone killed them. Best advice is skip ep6. You do not see him kill the rabbits but it talks about it a lot.
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Are animals abused?
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Theyhulk
I believe it’s the second episode; a criminal runs an illegal animal smuggling ring. You see animals in cages, looking agitated, but they aren’t injured.
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Is there a dead animal?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there snakes?
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Theyhulk
In what I believe is the second episode, venomous snakes crawl out of a victim’s mouth. One wraps around a woman’s leg before Malcolm gets it off, and later in the episode a snack bites Malcolm and he has to go to the ER.
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Assault
Is someone sexually assaulted?
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Bodily Harm
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SilverSelkie
There's at least 5
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there cannibalism?
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S1
 E7
Though no one is shown being crushes, a lot of crushed bodies are shown that were crushed alive in a car compacter and then shows a few flashbacks of the struggling to get out.
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there amputation?
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peavch
in the first episode malcolm chops a mans hand off with an axe. although the amputation isnt shown,, the character is shown moments later running out of the building with a bloody cloth wrapped around the wound and malcolm follows behind carrying a cooler with the mans hand inside.
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there a hanging?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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GoodnightMoonlight
In Episode 11 (Alone Time), Malcolm smashes his hand with a hammer.
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SilverSelkie
Malcolm cuts off a dead man's thumb in season 2 episode 8 and holds onto it, using it to open a phone later
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Is someone tortured?
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GoodnightMoonlight
In Episode 11 (Alone Time), Malcolm is tortured by the Junkyard Killer. He is chained to the ground and stabbed, and injures himself to get free.
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RenoRouge
In season 2, Malcolm falls down an elevator shaft, but he survives.
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GoodnightMoonlight
Towards the end of Episode 19 (The Professionals), Martin is attacked by a guard. Martin gouges the man's eyes in retaliation. It's a rather graphic scene.
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Children
Does a kid die?
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GoodnightMoonlight
There are several discussions of Martin having planned to kill Malcolm as a child, beginning in Episode 11 (Alone Time), featuring Malcolm's hallucinations of his dead child self in Episode 12 (Internal Affairs), and confirmation of this fact, though he says he decided against it in Episode 14 (Eye of The Needle).

There is a brief moment in Episode 17 just before an ad break where the viewer is led to believe a baby has been killed. The baby was not killed, but the baby and several other characters spend the rest of the episode imperiled. The baby survives the episode.
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Family
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GoodnightMoonlight
At the end of Episode 10 (Silent Night), Malcolm is kidnapped by the Junkyard Killer. Episode 11 (Alone Time) deals with his captivity.

A character is kidnapped in Episode 12 (Internal Affairs), but is found safely at the episode's end.
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Does a parent die?
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RenoRouge
*MAJOR SPOILER*
A son stabs and presumably kills his father in self defense in the series finale.
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Does someone cheat?
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Theyhulk
Not exactly—it is assumed that Martin is having an affair when in reality he’s out killing.
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RenoRouge
No, but Ainsley discovers that a toy given to her as a child was from a serial killer friend of her dad’s.
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Fear
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grvtaire
Malcolm hallucinates throughout the show and this can be considered jumpscares, specifically in season one episode five (the trip) when dani brings him back to his apartment he’s in the bathroom and a corpse suddenly appears in the mirror he’s looking in
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Is someone possessed?
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grvtaire
whilst there’s not technically possession season 2 episode 2 (speak of the devil) focuses heavily around people believing and acting as if they are possessed, to the point where an exorcism has to be performed
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Gross
Does someone vomit?
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TheHallowedAngel
This is a hesitant yes, as in s1e8 Malcolm is shown exiting the police station after a rattling call. Once outside he eventually comes to sit on the steps, at which point the camera cuts to his face and he's seen heaving, though no vomit is seen. Not sure on the time stamp, but you'll know it's coming when he says "I need some air." and is then outside of the precinct.
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Is there audio gore?
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Medical
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GoodnightMoonlight
Episode 12 (Internal Affairs) deals extensively with electroshock therapy, with Malcolm and the victim of the week subjected to it. Malcolm nearly electrocutes himself. It is advisable to skip this episode if electro-therapy is something you are sensitive to.
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Theyhulk
A killer in the first episode uses needles to drug his victims. Malcolm threatens to use one on himself and has a needle pressed against his wrist, but it doesn’t puncture the skin.
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Theyhulk
Martin lives in a mental institution/prison, but you don’t see him ever taking meds, having a breakdown, or witness any other patients.
Malcolm also sees a therapist on the regular.
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Theyhulk
Malcolm tends to find himself there a bit.
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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nobleariver
It's a big part of the series. Malcom trying to go about his life with still having PTSD from his childhood.
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Does someone self harm?
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Carlie
2 different scenes in the psychiatric Institute, one a patient stabs a camera man and the other during a lock down a patient attempts to kill Jessica. Also features different serial killers in the institute
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RenoRouge
An episode revolves around a plastic surgeon who practices on people against their will.
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Theyhulk
Malcolm has frequent and intense night terrors.
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RenoRouge
There’s a scene where Malcolm is trapped in a revolving door by Watkins. Watkins uses this to hurt him.
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Theyhulk
Someone attempts suicide with poison, but isn’t successful in the second episode. Suicide is talked about a lot in this episode.
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Noxious
Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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GoodnightMoonlight
In Episode 17 (The Stranger Beside You), a suspect is briefly mentioned to have miscarried several times.
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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Does the black guy die first?
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Are there homophobic slurs?
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Is there hate speech?
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RenoRouge
I don’t believe so, but there’s a story in season 2 that deals with JT (an officer of color) being racially profiled by some white cops.
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GoodnightMoonlight
In Episode 10 (Silent Night), one of the victims of the week is an esteemed cop later revealed to be a gay man. Over the course of the episode, it is revealed that his ex (police) partner had feelings for him. His ex-partner is also murdered at the end of the episode. Neither man is killed because of their orientation.
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Are there n-words?
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Sex
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GoodnightMoonlight
In Episode 1 (Pilot), consensual BDSM is referenced with respect to the victims.
Episode 9 (Pied-a-Terre) deals extensively with sexual themes. Malcolm's therapist suggests one of his nightmares is Freudian in nature and he should try having sex. While undercover investigating leads on a BDSM/kink group the victim of the week was involved in, Malcolm almost has a sexual encounter. Towards the end of the episode, Malcolm and Eve have sex offscreen.
Episode 15 (Death's Door) deals with nonsexual necrophilia.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
National Sexual Assault Hotline 800.656.4673
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Spoiler
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RenoRouge
This show was cancelled suddenly, so the ending is abrupt and very dark.
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a plane crash?
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GoodnightMoonlight
In Episode 4 (Designer Complicity), a suspect is hit by a car, but survives.

At the end of Episode 16 (The Job), a suspect is struck with a vehicle.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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RenoRouge
In episode 1x10 or 1x11 Malcolm is tortured. He’s stabbed and later breaks his own hand to get away. A major character is stabbed and bleeds out in the series finale.
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Does someone drown?
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GoodnightMoonlight
In Episode 19 (The Professionals), Eve Blanchard was drowned offscreen. This is a central plot point to the episode.
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Theyhulk
Many killers are shot.
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