Season 1, Episode 1 - I Have Called You By Name

THE CHOSEN

Episode
Number:Season 1, Episode 1
Air Date:04/19/2019

What You Need To Know:

In “I Have Called You By Name,” episode one of THE CHOSEN, audiences are introduced to the characters and settings of the Gospel. They include Simon and Andrew, the fishermen; Matthew, the tax collector; pious and corrupt religious authorities; and, greedy and violent Roman centurions.

This first episode starts several stories on their paths. Simon and Andrew might lose their boat. Matthew hates being a tax collector. Also, tensions between the Jews and the Romans are boiling over. Meanwhile, a young woman named Mary Magdalene suffers from severe demon possession. Even the religious leaders can’t draw them out. Finally, everyone is waiting for the coming Messiah.

THE CHOSEN brings to life with artful care the stories surrounding the life of Jesus. Viewers will enjoy rediscovering familiar characters. In this first episode, the dialogue and performances are strong. Brilliant use of scriptural details and verbatim Scripture occurs throughout the episode, especially in Mary Magdalene’s storyline. There’s a strong Christian worldview in “I Have Called You By Name.” Violence and some disturbing portrayals of demons warrant caution for younger children.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, L, V, S, AA, MM):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Very strong Christian, biblical worldview with numerous positive references to prayer, faith and the idea that messianic salvation is approaching, though many characters fundamentally misunderstand the coming Messiah;

Foul Language:
 Two light profanities, plus occasional toilet humor;

Violence:
  Some gore, obvious weapons, numerous threats, a graphic fist fight;

Sex:
 Implied prostitution, a married couple kisses passionately, implied rape;

Nudity:
  No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
  Wine served with dinner, some portrayals of drunkenness;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
  Gambling, racism, abuse of power, cheating.

Episodes:

NumberDateTitleQualityContent
1.104/19/2019I Have Called You By Name+1
1.204/19/2019Shabbat+1
1.304/19/2019Jesus Loves the Little Children+4
1.404/19/2019The Rock on Which It Is Built+1
1.511/26/2019The Wedding Gift+1
1.611/26/2019Indescribable Compassion+4
1.711/26/2019Invitations+3
1.811/26/2019I Am He+4

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