TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Smart Sherlock drama is a great choice for mature teens.

CBS Drama 2012

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 16+

Disappointing after Sherlock

I watched a few of this with my nearly 14 year old. I began to be bothered by the way that the female lead presents, as overly scantily and tightly clad, etc. I then became increasingly disappointed with references to and 'tasters' of, prostitution, the sex industry, bondage, threesomes, emotionless sexual connection and so on. I felt as the show developed that these became more extreme. I was glad that I took time to watch a few more on my own, and will definitely not be exposing my child to more of the series at this age.

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Great role models
Too much sex
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age 13+

Surprisingly thoughtful take on the classic, but watch with your young teen!

This is a remarkably well-written and thoughtful take on the classic Sherlock story. I love that Watson is not only female and Asian, but also that she and Sherlock remain just friends, which is rare for male/female partnerships on TV. Despite Sherlock's peculiarities and rough edges, the characters really grow and change over time as a result of their friendship. You should watch with your younger teen because there is some brief violence and sometimes sexual references, as well as some pretty twisted crimes that may bear discussion after. The second season has some increased sexual references that seem unnecessary, but so far our mature 13 yr old has been ok with it. We always talk afterwards about the motivations of all the characters, good and bad choices, and the difficult choices that have to be made sometimes.

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