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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