Friendly Rating: Elementary age and up
Safety Rating: Extremely graphic and bloody violence, some of it sexualized
Quality Rating: It’s very well-made, which is, alas, the problem
New series premieres tonight (Jan. 21) on Fox at 9 p.m.
Admittedly, I am rather easily spooked or frequently annoyed, but seldom am I thoroughly disgusted by a show. I have to say that The Following is a very well-made piece of programming and it does what it does very, very effectively. Way too effectively, because the show is about an FBI consultant, played by Kevin Bacon, called in to track down a serial killer, played by James Purefoy, who is pulling together a whole group of like-minded individuals to strike out at society, cult-style.
Let’s see, I lasted until a young woman, stipped nude with writing all over her body, killed herself in a busy lobby by sticking a knife in her eyes. And we see her do it – not the aftermath, the actual stick.
Whether the violence was ramped up to sell the pilot, I don’t care. It still leaves an awful lot of room for other not terribly nice stuff to happen, and given the premise… Let’s just not go there.
My job here is to tell you what’s in the show so you can make up your own mind. You may find that the issue is just the one incident and the rest of the show is fine. That is up to you and your family. Me? I am simply grossed out and have absolutely no interest in pursuing it further. Please feel free to take issue in the comments below. Or agree. Your choice.