The Family: Limited Series (2019)


Limited Series
The Family

Critics Consensus

Though The Family's open ended-ness undermines its impact, it manages to craft a compelling picture of a shocking truth.

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Critic Ratings: 10

62%

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User Ratings: 52

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Episodes

Air date: Aug 9, 2019

Journalist Jeff Sharlet details his days living at Ivanwald, a men's residence where he discovers the Family's allegiance to Jesus -- and to power.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2019

Supporters and skeptics discuss C Street -- a secrecy-shrouded residence for Washington politicians -- and its sway in high-profile sex scandals.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2019

Doug Coe, the Family's leader, obscures the group's role in the National Prayer Breakfast, which has become a hub for backroom global influence-peddling.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2019

Some American politicians use their clout to spread the Family's views to foreign leaders, including some of history's most notorious rulers.

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Rooted in local men's groups, the Family's commingling of theology, ideology and worldly power extends its reach all the way to the U.S. presidency.

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Tv Season Info

Investigative journalists expose The Family, a Christian fundamentalist organization quietly operating in the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

Critic Reviews for The Family Limited Series

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Moss leaves a lot of this open to interpretation, but the result is a project that can feel like an information dump more often than a film.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

A profoundly troubling examination of the theocracy that wields power behind-the-scenes in Washington D.C.

Aug 13, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

For all its unanswered questions and contradictions, The Family does paint a convincing portrait of a network of like-minded, self-congratulatory egotists working together to ensure they and only they get to call the shots.

Sep 20, 2019 | Full Review…

It's the kind of story we're hungry for now, because The Family, like any good conspiracy theory, makes sense of what would otherwise be absurd, nonsensical.

Aug 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The series loses its power because there seems to be a lack of judgment when it comes to summarizing it and organizing it around a more solid, clear, and convincing story. [Full Review in Spanish]

Oct 21, 2019 | Full Review…

You end up unable to dismiss the possibility the Family may have had a hand in creating the documentary: stepping out of the shadows for once just to puff themselves up, and state, loudly and explicitly, that they're not going anywhere.

Aug 23, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A good example not only of the life of the organization but also of the power of US religious conservatism. [Full review in Spanish]

Aug 19, 2019 | Full Review…

The eye-opening story that Sharlet risked his life to tell.

Aug 15, 2019 | Full Review…

The Family has a lot of potential to fascinate, though the first part moves a bit slowly. The presence of Cromwell definitely perked up our attention, though.

Aug 12, 2019 | Full Review…

The 5-episode documentary series The Family ranges from chilling to sensationalist in its exploration of the quasi-Christian organization, The Fellowship.

Aug 12, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Family: Limited Series

  • Sep 17, 2020
    A rambling, slow and incoherent collection of anecdotes, memoirs and gossip aimed primarily at painting a group of Christians in a bad light, but with little substantive evidence or conclusion. Episode 1 for example sees two Washington housewives speculating on whether 'the family' keeps a map identifying those in the neighbourhood who are friendly. Simply, this series tries too hard to build conspiracy where there is none. The sparse content of this series could easily have been covered within a single hour.
  • Apr 24, 2020
    While the documentary itself does not necessarily pass judgment on the Family, it provides you enough information to gain insight into right-wing politicians who try to manipulate and use others through inconsistent, supernatural, unprovable, religious claims. Truly disgusting.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    كيف تحولت رابطة لـ ٩ من رجال الأعمال الأميركان لمناهضة التنظيمات العمالية والاحتجاج في بداية القرن ١٩ إلى أكبر أخوية خفية في القرن الـ ٢١ تدير مؤسسات عسكرية وأمنية ومؤسسات دولية بل ودول للحفاظ على مصالح نخبة في السيطرة على الثروات والشعوب، ما هو نظامهم الداخلي وكيف يتم اختيار الأعضاء وما فلسفتهم الدينية التي استخدموها للحفاظ على ولاء اتباعهم وصياغة سياساتهم. وكيف يُستخدم اسم الإيمان بالمسيح لتجنيد زعماء وسياسيين وعسكريين من أنحاء العالم المسيحي والإسلامي (بل واللاديني) لخدمة الصهيونية الجديدة.
  • Jan 28, 2020
    Jumped around too much to be coherant. Typical politicians, lots of talking but not really saying anything. I would be interested in seeing a documentary about this subject, provided it was presented in a fashion that wasn't just info dumping with none of it making any sense. It is like reading a book where several pages have been removed.
  • Jan 21, 2020
    President Obama was in office for 8 years. He was left out because he was not an old white man and he told the truth about American slavery The Fellowship didn't like him. The mysogynism and blatant racism of The Fellowship was obvious.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    I really liked it told a lot I read a lot of conspiracy theories about secret societies I don't believe in most this explains a lot of the stuff inside the USA government
  • Sep 26, 2019
    This documentary does fascinatingly shine light on a dubious religious sect trying to manipulate governments to their advantage; however, it does not come up with enough evidence to clarify the magnitude of the influence and thus seems more like a conspiracy theory.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    hilariously inaccurate. Bit boring but also easy for someone to get sucked in who knows nothing and have it validate all of their suspi
  • Sep 15, 2019
    I liked that it at least appears to show an equal balance of perspectives, but central to the story is the personhood and message of Jesus and yet there was zero explanation of how members of the family represented him. Who did they say Jesus was? What did they say was his message? Why did they care so much? What was their motivation? They focused on individuals setting up "back channels," but to what end? What was the mission of The Family other than what seemed to be peace and understanding? What is nefarious about that? It was incongruous on hear an interviewee state their intention of establishing a line of communication with an opposing party member or country with the ominous undertones of the soundtrack, implying that a desire for peace, through an understating of Jesus' teachings or otherwise, was somehow evil.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    Does a good job of showing the problems that arise from mixing state and religion.

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