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Review: ‘The Slap’ on NBC attempts to leave a mark

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STORY WRITTEN BY CHUCK BARNEY/cbarney@bayareanewsgroup.com

“The Slap,” a provocative new NBC drama, is a saga that gets under your skin. That doesn’t mean it’s a great show, but I imagine the issues it raises will spark plenty of spirited dinner-table chatter among those who see it.

Based on a best-selling book by Christos Tsiolkas and an Australian TV series, “The Slap” chronicles the emotional fallout that occurs when a hotheaded man slaps someone else’s misbehaving child during a family get-together.

It might seem like a slight hook upon which to hang a show, but that one little slap ignites a chain of events during which long-festering domestic wounds are ripped open, secrets are exposed and the core values of everyone involved are rigorously challenged.

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A screen capture from a trailer to the series "The Slap" at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui1YlTPlW_8

A screen capture from a trailer to the series “The Slap” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui1YlTPlW_8

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