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Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

  • Premiered: 
    September 23, 2019
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  • Network: Fox
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Chris Fedak & Sam Sklaver 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Greg Berlanti, PRODIGAL SON is a one-hour drama series that centers on Malcolm Bright, a young profiler whose father was "The Surgeon," one of the worst notorious, serial killers in the 1990s. So it makes sense Bright is the best criminal psychologist around; murder is the family business. He uses his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve crimes and stop killers, all while dealing with a manipulative mother, annoyingly normal sister, a homicidal father still looking to bond with his prodigal son, and his own constantly evolving neuroses.

Malcolm's happy family includes: Dr. Martin Whitly, who is intelligent, wealthy, and charismatic -- and also happens to be a predatory sociopath who killed at least 23 people; Bright's mother, Jessica Whitly, is an elegant and WASPy New Yorker, who wields sarcasm like a samurai sword and has an opinion on every aspect of Bright's life; and sister Ainsley Whitley, his only ally and TV journalist, who wishes her brother would "take a break from murder" and have a normal life.

Unfortunately for his sister, the only way Bright feels normal is by solving cases with the help of his longtime mentor, NYPD Detective Gil Arroyo. Bright jumps at the chance to help Arroyo solve a quadruple homicide for the NYPD. As Bright slips into the mind of this serial killer, he finds himself dealing with the repercussions of seeing his father for the first time in years. Tormented by the terrors of his childhood, Bright is faced with a question: are his dreams just nightmares or did they actually happen? Arroyo's one of the best detectives around, and he expects no less from his team: Detective Dani Powell, a headstrong no-nonsense cop who quickly becomes impressed with Bright's work; and Detective JT Tarmel, a born-and-bred New Yorker who questions whether Bright is a psychopath himself.
On Monday, April 27, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT, FOX premiered "Like Father...," the season finale of PRODIGAL SON. Malcolm continues to unravel as the mystery of the girl in the box comes to a head. As Nicholas Endicott's (guest star Dermot Mulroney) true colors continue to show, the Whitlys must decide to what lengths they are willing to go in order to take him down. Guest cast: Dermot Mulroney as Nicholas Endicott; Anna Eilinsfeld as Sophie.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Berlanti Productions
  • In association with Warner Bros. Television
  • In association with FOX Entertainment


  • - New York City, New York USA