Body of Proof

Common Sense Media says

Gutsy heroine with strong values rises above a so-so script.

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What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, Nicholas Bishop
Network:ABC
Genre:Drama
Topics:Great girl role models
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 16 years old Written bydancegirl3697 March 8, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

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 this series also has mystery. I LOVE mystery. Even with my weak stomach I love watching this. Some episodes may be scary for younger kids.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 15 years old Written byTheSuperman765 April 8, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

i rate this title ON for ages 13+

The good stuff * 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. * Role models: 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. What to watch out for * Violence: The main character's work involves close inspection of dead bodies, but actual blood and gruesome visuals are rare. Crimes can involve sexual violence. * Sex: Characters occasionally discuss sex, semen, and birth control as they relate to a specific case. * Language: Characters use words like "crap," "d--n," "b--ls," "a-s," and "pissed." * Consumerism: Not an issue. * Drinking, drugs, & smoking: Crimes may involve drinking or drugs (including both illegal substances and prescription medications).
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byorangetiger June 13, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

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. The only thing is that even if a ten-year-old liked it, I tried to watch crime shows like this when I was 10, and I was too scared. This although, is for kids that are trying to change their TV shows to something a little less childish, but still like older kid shows, but are not a big fan of violent crime shows.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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