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Should you watch @MNet's new show, #TheSlapSA? Well, YES! Tune in at 8.30pm

Hank Stuever

TV shows are getting better at the modern ways of trolling, which, after all, is an ancient and perhaps fundamental feature of drama — the ability to stir emotions, get goats and raise hackles. Provocative characters make terrible decisions to draw us into their moral quandaries. How flattering that we each get a reserved seat in the judge’s chair.

But “The Slap,” NBC’s heavy-hearted (and heavy-handed) drama based on an Australian series (which itself was based on a novel by Christos Tsiolkas), trolls a little too hard, knowing that our culture today is quite easily baited on matters of parenthood, coupling and modern manners. The result is a depressing — if engrossing — rehash of arguments found every day online.

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About The Show

The miniseries revolves around the aftermath of a birthday party of a middle-aged city employee when an adult male slaps someone else's misbehaving child Hugo (after Hugo kicks him in the leg). Each episode tells the story from the perspective of a different character.

Now Meet The Cast

Uma Thurman, from left, Thomas Sadoski, Peter Sarsgaard, Melissa George, Thandie Newton, NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke and Zachary Quinto attend NBC's "The Slap" miniseries premiere party at the New Museum on Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

The Slap boasts an impressive all star cast, from Uma Thurman, Thandie Newton, to Peter Sarsgaard, Penn Badgely and the protagonist, Zachary Quinto. 

Peter Sarsgaard as Hector Apostolou, a 40-year-old assistant deputy commissioner
Thandie Newton as Aisha Apostolou, Hector's wife and the director of a clinic
Ashley Aufderheide as Melissa Apostolou, daughter of Hector and Aisha
Khalid Alzouma as Adam Apostolou, older brother of Melissa
Uma Thurman as Anouk Latham, Hector's childhood friend and executive producer of a TV series

Melissa George as Rosie Weshler, mother of Hugo
Thomas Sadoski as Gary Weshler, father of Hugo
Dylan Schombing as Hugo Weshler, the kid whom Harry slaps
Zachary Quinto as Harry Apostolou, Hector's cousin, a rare-auto dealer, and the titular slapper.

Marin Ireland as Sandi Apostolou, Harry's wife
Owen Tanzer as Rocco Apostolou, Harry's pre-teen son.
Sofia Regan as Melody, works for Harry
Brian Cox as Manolis, Hector's father
Michael Nouri as Thanasis Korkoulis, Harry's attorney

Makenzie Leigh as Connie, Hector's teenager babysitter
Lucas Hedges as Richie, Connie's best friend
Penn Badgley as Jamie, Anouk's much younger actor boyfriend
Victor Garber as Narrator (voice)

Tune in, Mondays on M-Net at 8.30pm 

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