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Set your DVRs, people. Thursday marks premiere of NBC's The Slap, an eight-episode miniseries that follows the fallout after a grown man slaps a five-year-old at a party.

Is it ever defensible to slap a kid? Well, no. But the show asks viewers to consider all sides by delving into the complicated circumstances surrounding the moment and watching how it divides the family and friends involved.

The Wall Street Journal calls The Slap “a show you’ll love to hate” and says its intrigue is about rooting for “horrible things to befall the horrible characters.”

When the original Australian version aired in 2011 (based on an award-winning 2008 novel), it was something of a water-cooler sensation. And with Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Zachary Quinto and Uma Thurman headlining the cast, and the producers behind such gems as Brothers and Sisters and The Kids Are All Right at the wheel, we’re betting it’s a so-bad-it’s-good hit (no pun intended).

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