Body of Proof

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Gutsy heroine with strong values rises above a so-so script.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Positive values -- like honoring life, respecting the dead, integrity, justice, and truth -- are mixed with messages about bending the rules and bucking tradition when necessary.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The main character, a strong female role model, is flawed and has made significant mistakes in the past. But she's also actively making changes to be more emotionally connected to her family and her work.

Violence

The main character's work involves close inspection of dead bodies, with small amounts of blood. Crimes can involve sexual violence.

Sex

Some episodes involve sexual topics like swinging or extramarital affairs, but they're merely discussed, not shown. There's also some flirtation/romantic tension between a few main characters, plus a subplot in which Dr. Hunt's female boss starts sleeping with her ex-husband.

Language

Characters use words like "crap," "damn," "balls," "ass," and "pissed."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Crimes may involve drinking or drugs (including both illegal substances and prescription medications).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this adult-oriented drama concerns the life of a strong-willed female medical examiner whose work is inextricably tied to dead bodies, there's surprisingly little gore in terms of blood or gruesome injuries. Since cases vary from episode to episode, some episodes might involve crimes of a sexual nature or drug- and alcohol-related accidents. There's also some audible language in the vein of "damn," "pissed," "balls," etc.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bydancegirl3697 March 8, 2013

Entertaining

I really like this show! I watch it with my mom all the time. I have a weak stomach so it can get a little gory for me when she cuts open the dead bodies, but t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byorangetiger June 13, 2011

GREAT!!

I started watching this and I loved it. It was not too violent, although some kids might think it is. I know a 10 year-old-kid and an adult that love this show.... Continue reading

What's the story?

When a debilitating car accident compromises her precision on the operating table, top-rated Philadelphia neurosurgeon Dr. Megan Hunt (Dana Delany) loses a patient -- and then her job. She eventually finds work as a city medical examiner, using her vast knowledge of the human body and its systems to discern how victims died and produce a BODY OF PROOF. But while she's solving crimes with her colleagues, she's also trying to repair her own fractured personal relationships.

Is it any good?

Body of Proof isn't the only show about a female medical examiner on television. But unlike, say Rizzoli & Isles -- a Cagney & Lacey-esque buddy drama about a medical examiner who works closely with a homicide cop -- it feels more rooted in realism, thanks in large part to Delany's strong showing in the driver's seat.

That's not to say she's got great material to work with; at times, the dialogue feels overly schmaltzy and somewhat contrived, which takes away from her winning performance. But Delany is still able to rise above it, delivering a smart character we'd like to know better.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role that violence plays in the show's plot and compare that with the noticeable absence of gory scenes. Are graphic scenes necessary to make fictionalized crimes seem real? Do you miss them here?

  • Are the obstacles that Dr. Hunt faces as a woman working in a stressful professional environment any different than those a man might face? When it comes to stereotypes, does her character challenge any assumptions about women in her particular line of work -- or even women in general?

  • How does this show compare to other TV crime dramas? Is Dr. Hunt a believable character? Do you think she's a positive role model?

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