True Lies

True Lies season 1





Kennedy Unthank

TV Series Review

When you work in counterterrorism, you don’t always get to be home on time.

That’s why Harry tells his wife, Helen, that his “sales conference in Cleveland” is taking longer than he thought it would. His family doesn’t know about his actual employment—for their protection, of course. That’s why Harry always has a cover story and gifts prepared for them when he arrives, to make sure his job stays a secret.

But, as it turns out, infrequent visits to home and consistent extended “work trips” might sow a few seeds of doubt: Helen starts to wonder if Harry might just be having an affair. And when she brings it up to him, Helen informs him that, at the very least, it’s clear their marriage is in crisis.

But Harry genuinely loves his wife and kids. And to prove it to Helen, he claims that he’s been secretly planning a romantic trip to Paris for the both of them to enjoy in hopes of reinvigorating their marriage. (In actuality, Harry’s been assigned there to capture a rogue weapon.)

Finally, Helen thinks. We’re being completely open with one another once again.

That’s when a terrorist group kidnaps both of them, claiming that Harry’s some super-secret spy.

Well, looks like Harry’s got a lot of explaining to do.

I Spy A Few Problems

The one shall become two.

Yes, you read that correctly, because when Helen discovers the truth about Harry’s profession, she doesn’t leave him fighting the bad guys alone. Instead, the linguistics professor is recruited by counterterrorism group Omega Sector to work alongside her husband. Through their new partnership, the two just might be able to restore the passion of their covenantal one.

And though the Paramount Plus adaptation of James Cameron’s 1994 film of the same name might not spill any blood in its pilot episode, it still has some things for parents to think through. People still die, even if the camera doesn’t focus on it. There’s a little sensual content, too—enough that we’d peg it somewhere in the TV-PG to TV-14 range.

If you’re just looking for something that might help you to overcome some marital problems, we’d advise not to dive into the world of espionage while on a European vacation. We’d just point you to Focus on the Family’s Hope Restored. It’s much simpler—and you won’t have to learn how to fight any terrorists.

Episode Reviews

Mar. 1, 2023 – S1, Ep1: “Pilot”

When Helen confesses to Harry that she feels like their marriage is in crisis, Harry decides to bring her to Paris while he’s secretly on mission. It isn’t long before she discovers why he’s actually there. Men threaten to kill someone and cut out another person’s eye. Helen slaps Harry.

A man is shot and killed, though we don’t see any blood. Another man falls to his presumed death. Others are blown up in a propane tank explosion. Someone is smothered unconscious. We see a couple fistfights, and a few surrounding objects are used as weapons. A man is tranquilized. Bullets fly between adversaries. A military base explodes from a strange weapon. A message references abortion.

Helen dances in her bra. We see Helen bathing, though nothing critical is visible. Helen’s friend convinces Helen that Harry is having an affair, and Helen confronts Harry about it. Helen’s dress reveals cleavage.

Helen goes to practice yoga. The place she visits is called “Namaste.”

Harry and Helen’s underaged daughter talks about drinking beer. A man smokes a cigar. People drink alcohol. A song mentions rum.

Someone describes a situation as “one wet fart away from dead.” Helen speeds on her way to yoga. Harry lies to Helen. Helen tells Harry he will be sleeping on the couch. Helen gossips about Harry.

“H—” is used three times. “B–ch” is used once in another language.

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Kennedy Unthank

Though he was born in Kansas, Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics and hermeneutics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”

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