The Fam­ily

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In Red Pines, Maine, a lo­cal politi­cian’s son, Adam, goes miss­ing. A neigh­bour is blamed for the ab­duc­tion and as­sumed mur­der and is sen­tenced to jail. Ten years later, Adam reap­pears out of nowhere, and though DNA ev­i­dence proves that he is in­deed the miss­ing son, ques­tions soon be­gin to arise about the iden­tity of the now 19-year-old.

It’s ev­i­dent from the get-go that The Fam­ily isn’t your or­di­nary ab­duc­tion story. From the mo­ment the show be­gins and we’re pulled into its world, ev­ery char­ac­ter seems to have some­thing to hide, and you find your­self look­ing for clues to learn what’s re­ally go­ing on. Joan Allen’s po­lit­i­cally am­bi­tious fam­ily ma­tri­arch is a char­ac­ter view­ers will love to hate, as she places her ca­reer ahead of her fam­ily and morals. Canada’s own Ali­son Pill plays the daugh­ter who—like her mother—seems to be in­volved in some­thing shadier than what is shown. Un­like Allen’s char­ac­ter, how­ever, you get the feel­ing that she’s be­ing torn apart by what she’s done. Per­haps the most in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter how­ever is the wrongly ac­cused neigh­bour played by An­drew McCarthy. He ap­pears to be tor­mented by his time in prison, and yet there is some­thing be­hind his eyes that tell you he’s not en­tirely in­no­cent ei­ther.

The se­ries raises an in­ter­est­ing ques­tion: Can a fam­ily shat­tered by a tragedy come to­gether again years af­ter­wards? View­ers will just have to tune in and see how it plays out.

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