‘The Watcher’ TV Thriller Review

The Watcher is a thriller series released on Netflix with a first season of seven episodes. The show is based on the true story of a family ran out of their home after several weird occurrences in the homes.

Dean (Bobby Cannavale) and Nora Brannock (Naomi Watts) move to Westfield, New Jersey with their kids Ellie (Isabel Gravitt) and Carter (Luke David Blumm) to a mansion. They have sunk all of their money into the house and are excited to live there. They start to have some bizarre occurrences in the house, but with no evidence of a crime, Det. Rourke Chamberland (Christopher McDonald) cannot do much. Soon, they start to get threatening letters from someone called “The Watcher” who constantly haunts them. They hire private investigator Theodora Birch (Noma Dumezweni) to help them, but unsettling moments with their neighbors creep them out. These circumstances put a strain on their finances and their family.

I thought the actors did a good job. Cannavale and Watts are pitch-perfect as the troubled couple trying to survive these incredibly creepy circumstances. The rest of the cast does a good job as well and I think they brought out the story in a realistic and troubling way.

Now, the daughter was a spoiled brat. It is so ridiculous that TV writers are not only portraying these young girls in such an inappropriate way but that they are rewarded for that behavior. When it is shown that she makes a video implying her father is a bigot, the dad tries to break her phone. This was shown to be wrong of the dad. The daughter should have had more than a broken phone. To be fair, she apologizes later, but there are no real consequences for her actions. This is a poor message for young girls.

While the series was meant to be a miniseries, Netflix has renewed it for a second season and I am curious where it can go past the finale. I guess we will have to wait to find out.

Check out the trailer below:

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some violence, Sexual content, Disturbing content, Strong foul language

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