Thicker Than Water Season 1 Review – A mediocre crime thriller

Season 1

Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 3/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 7 -| Review Score – 2/5
Episode 8 -| Review Score – 2/5


Thicker Than Water centers on the life of journalist Fara Bentayeb, who is given a position she has been fighting for many years to achieve. Before she has a chance to rejoice though, a drug lord searching for her brother Semir draws her into a dangerous world of crime and deceit.

Fara and her siblings are forced to commit acts for which there is no turning back from, as they dive into the criminal underworld in an effort to protect their brother.

The show, which is fundamentally a family drama, also explores issues of female empowerment and sisterly bond. Additionally, the narrative tells a complex story about the protagonist’s love-hate connection to her siblings over the course of eight episodes.

The Bentayeb family’s relationships are really put to the test by several unexpected events that occur throughout the series.

While the primary tale develops, you can also see how these women’s lives are changing across the subplots woven through the 8 episodes. Fara struggles to represent Arab heritage on French television; Yasmina attempts to save cash and put up with a partner who won’t defend her; and Souhlia struggles to communicate with her young daughter.

When it comes to the primary plot, the show doesn’t really offer anything new. Granted, Thicker Than Water does get off to a good start and manages to capture your attention. However, as the episodes go on, it loses its essence and becomes dull and uninteresting. The chaotic pace and disorganized structure certainly don’t help matters here either.

While the protagonist is an empathetic character who does an excellent job in her role, the same cannot be said for the secondary characters. These supporting players and their arcs remain underdeveloped and rather dull across the entire runtime. An antagonist is very important in keeping the audience interested and here, the one chosen is, to put it mildly, dull and boring.

The show’s romances, such as Fara and Alban’s and Lina and Bryan’s, appear far too structural and uninteresting too, which ultimately adds no value or thrill to the show.

Although Thicker Than Water’s ideas are intriguing, the way they are implemented is subpar. The show starts fairly well, but it ends on a cliffhanger that, despite what it should have done, fails to spark interest in a second season. Unfortunately, this one’s best left skipped.

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  • Verdict - 4/10

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