Prodigal Son

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  • TV-14
  • 2019
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.7  (23,739)

Prodigal Son is an American crime drama television series that premiered on FOX in 2019. The show stars Tom Payne as Malcolm Bright, a highly intelligent criminal psychologist who uses his skills to help the NYPD solve complex cases. The show also stars Lou Diamond Phillips as Gil Arroyo, the head of the NYPD’s major crimes unit, and Halston Sage as Ainsley Whitly, Malcolm's younger sister.

The show opens with Malcolm's release from a psychiatric hospital where he spent several years after being traumatized by his father's crimes. His father, Dr. Martin Whitly (played by Michael Sheen), is a notorious serial killer known as “The Surgeon”. The show explores the tension between Malcolm's past and his present as he navigates life as a consultant for the NYPD while grappling with his own psychological demons.

As the show progresses, Malcolm must balance his desire to distance himself from his father's legacy with his fascination with the psychology of serial killers. He is aided in this journey by his colleagues at the NYPD, who value his unique insight into the minds of criminals. These colleagues include Gil, who serves as a father figure to Malcolm, and NYPD detective Dani Powell (played by Aurora Perrineau), who becomes Malcolm's love interest.

Throughout the series, each episode features a new case for Malcolm and the team to solve. In addition to this, the show delves into the personal lives of the characters and explores complex family dynamics. Malcolm's relationship with his mother Jessica (played by Bellamy Young) is a major theme throughout the show, as she struggles with her own demons and her relationship with Dr. Whitly. Ainsley, Malcolm's sister, is a successful journalist who grapples with her own fascination with her father's crimes.

One of the strengths of Prodigal Son is its ability to balance the show's procedural and serialized elements. While each episode features a self-contained case for the team to solve, there are also ongoing storylines that build throughout the season. The show has been praised for its strong characters, intricate plotting, and its willingness to delve into the psychological depths of its characters.

The show's cast is also a major asset, with each actor bringing nuance and depth to their roles. Tom Payne shines as Malcolm, portraying the character's intelligence and intensity while also conveying his vulnerability and trauma. Lou Diamond Phillips imbues Gil with a warmth and wisdom that makes him a standout among the show's characters. Halston Sage brings a fresh energy to the show as Ainsley, and Michael Sheen's portrayal of Dr. Whitly is compelling in its manipulative charm.

Overall, Prodigal Son is a riveting crime drama that explores the dark underbelly of the human psyche. Its mix of procedural and serialized elements, balanced tone, and strong cast make it a standout show on FOX.

Prodigal Son is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (34 episodes). The series first aired on September 23, 2019.

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The Last Weekend
13. The Last Weekend
May 18, 2021
The search for a serial killer known as "The Woodsman" might help the NYPD find one of their own.
Sun and Fun
12. Sun and Fun
May 11, 2021
As the search intensifies for a serial killer on the run, so does Malcolm's tenacity, causing U.S. Marshal Emily Ruiz to kick him off the case. However, Malcolm doesn't back down that easily.
You Can Run...
11. You Can Run...
May 4, 2021
After a terrifying incident at Claremont, Malcolm is in a race against time to track down multiple killers. The NYPD realizes someone close to home might be the key to finding them.
Exit Strategy
10. Exit Strategy
April 27, 2021
As Malcolm distances himself from Martin, Jessica does the opposite, diving head-first into the past for the sake of her tell-all book. Meanwhile, Martin is desperate to get in touch with his son ahead of his imminent plans, as Dr. Vivian Capshaw grows increasingly suspicious. Meanwhile, the NYPD investigates a crime of passion.
The Killabustas
9. The Killabustas
April 20, 2021
Despite Gil's fatherly concerns, Bright throws himself into a new case involving an escalating killer that has Edrisa's online vigilante group, known as the "Killabustas," trying to stop him. Meanwhile, Jessica realizes that she must dive deep into her past traumas in order to write a book and may need Gil's help to do it. Then, Martin's relationship with Dr. Capshaw intensifies.
8. Ouroboros
April 13, 2021
When world-famous Europol profiler Simon Hoxley shows up in New York and claims that Major Crimes' current case is connected to the discovery of Endicott's body overseas, Bright fears he and Ainsley's secret is about to be exposed. Meanwhile, Martin gets to know Dr. Vivian Capshaw.
Face Value
7. Face Value
March 2, 2021
Malcolm, still reeling from the latest events with Ainsley, focuses on the next case, in which a famous plastic surgeon is murdered. Meanwhile, Martin gets a new job working in the infirmary with resident MD Dr. Vivian Capshaw. Then, Jessica is surprised to learn her younger sister is in town.
Head Case
6. Head Case
February 16, 2021
While the team investigates the murder of an architect who was tasked with renovating a supposedly haunted hotel, Bright is knocked out and falls into an elevator shaft. Trapped and unconscious, he imagines an alternate reality that finds him leading a semi-normal life in which his father, who is not a serial killer, helps him solve the case.
Bad Manners
5. Bad Manners
February 9, 2021
Malcolm and Ainsley both race to find the killer in the so-called "Debutante Slayings," but Ainsley's persistence has Malcolm worried about what her actual motive might be. While Martin is thrilled to see his daughter's passion in the field, Jessica suggests she and Ainsley take a vacation. Meanwhile, JT meets with his union rep to decide if he should file an official complaint against the cop who discriminated against him.
Take Your Father to Work Day
4. Take Your Father to Work Day
February 2, 2021
Martin is delighted when a murder at Claremont Psychiatric brings the NYPD into his territory, allowing him direct involvement with one of Malcolm's cases. While working the same job, Ainsley's suspicion grows when she feels Malcolm may be hiding something from her. All the while, Malcolm and Ainsley must dodge their mother, who's wondering why they got rid of her favorite rug.
Alma Mater
3. Alma Mater
January 26, 2021
When the headmaster of Bright's alma mater is found murdered, he is forced to face a troubling secret from his past. Meanwhile, Jessica struggles with her decision to end things with Gil, Martin grows closer to Friar Pete and JT eagerly anticipates the birth of his baby.
Speak of the Devil
2. Speak of the Devil
January 19, 2021
When a priest is found murdered in his place of worship, Bright grapples with its effect on his own trauma. Martin, trying to help with the case, consults his fellow inmate, Friar Pete, whom he learns is keeping a secret of his own. Meanwhile, Ainsley grows worried that Jessica is keeping something from her regarding her relationship with Gil. And Dani, Gil and Malcolm rally behind JT, urging him to speak to his union rep about the discrimination he's been facing.
It's All in the Execution
1. It's All in the Execution
January 12, 2021
Bright finds his personal life in disarray after his sister's shocking actions in the Season One finale. Now, he has to "take care" of her and protect his mother, Jessica, from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. To distract himself, Malcolm takes on a new case and must find the killer behind a recent beheading in the city.. and the only person he can turn to for help with the case is his father. Meanwhile, Martin returns to Claremont to a surprise new roommate and JT faces discrimination while on the job.
Killer Genes
101. Killer Genes
December 21, 2020
PRODIGAL SON follows Malcolm Bright (Tom Payne), a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers. He learned how they think because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly (Michael Sheen), was a notorious serial killer known as The Surgeon. Now he's using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve their most puzzling murders. Bright's team, led by his longtime mentor, NYPD Lieutenant Gil Arroyo (Lou Diamond Phillips), includes Detectives Dani Powell (Aurora Perrineau), Jt Tarmel (Frank Harts), and medical examiner Dr. Edrisa Tanaka (Keiko Agena). Season Two picks up with Bright's personal life in disarray after his sister Ainsley's (Halston Sage) shocking actions in the Season One finale. Now, he has to "take care" of her and protect his mother Jessica Whitly (Bellamy Young) from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again!
Where to Watch Prodigal Son
Prodigal Son is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Prodigal Son on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV, The CW and CW Seed.
  • Premiere Date
    September 23, 2019
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (23,739)