Plugged In Pick, TV: The Chosen

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At Plugged In, we review a lot. So much, people. We stick our eyes on movies and television, books and music, video games and YouTube channels. And ever since I’ve been here (and that’s a mighty long time), we’ve operated under one directive: We don’t tell you whether you and/or your family should watch (or listen or read), but give you as much information as we can so you can make the decision yourself. You’re all so unique and every family is different. We don’t ever want to take the choice out of your hands.

But we’re often asked for recommendations, and that makes sense, too. After all, we see so much, and you know with an opinionated crew such as ours, we’re bound to have plenty of thoughts about what we see—including what’s particularly good out there.

So on Fridays, we’ll be telling you what we’ve seen that we think is particularly good in any given genre, be it movies or books or YouTube. Sometimes it might be great for your kids, or a great watch for families. Sometimes it might even be something a little edgier—a movie that made us think, for instance, and we think might do the same for you. And because entertainment is a strange beast, with some months saturated with a whole bunch of great offerings and others a relative desert, not every pick will be a slam dunk: Always, always, read our reviews first before taking our word for anything.

But thankfully, as we launch this feature and start with television, we do have a slam-dunk winner: The Chosen.

The Chosen’s second season officially launched April 4, with episodes rolling out a bit more sporadically than your traditional weekly cadence or full-season binge. The app currently hosts three second-season episodes (an app which its creators would very much like you to download), but you can watch those first elsewhere, too, including on VidAngel and YouTube.

The Chosen may not appeal to those who like their biblical stories to be just the Bible and nothing but. But I’ve found The Chosen to be one of the most compelling biblical adaptations I’ve seen—offering new depth and dimension to age-old truths.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.