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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Offers a valuable service -- to date nearly 1000 criminals have been caught due to viewer tips.
Violence & Scariness
Graphic crimes (including rape, murder, and more) are described, with some crime scenes shown. The re-enactments can be bloody and graphic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is sometimes referenced in cases involving rape or child pornography.
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Minor profanities ("hell," "damn,"); stronger language is bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Crimes often involve drugs and alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this crime-fighting show offers a valuable service, it's also scary and violent. With the creepy close-ups of criminal photos and graphic descriptions and re-enactments of horrible crimes, the show can be unsettling for adults as well as kids. It's intense -- watching victims' families deal with the aftermath is heart-wrenching, and knowing these dangerous criminals could be lurking nearby is terrifying. The crimes that are described and re-enacted (including murder, child pornography, and kidnappings) are violent and often bloody. Sometimes the program shows actual crime-scene photos.
Is It Any Good?
While the show offers a valuable service (to date nearly 1000 criminals have been caught due to viewer tips), it's too frightening for kids (and some adults). The descriptions, re-enactments, and crime-scene photos are graphic, and the close-up photographs of the criminals are potentially nightmare-inducing. The show instills a fear that the criminal in question could be lurking right outside your door.
Need an example? One episode profiled a man who brutally murdered his wife then went on a crime spree in which he sexually molested several young girls. The whole sordid tale was re-enacted to drive home the horror of these crimes. Bottom line: Kids shouldn't be watching this show. Even adults who tune in may be left feeling unsettled -- and checking to make sure the door is locked.
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