Bones

TV review by David Gurney, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Grisly murders and a fab female role model in forensic show.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 114 reviews

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age 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 15+

Entertaining but GORY (and other serious thematic content)

I'm 20 but if I had kids younger than 15 or 16 I WOULD NOT let them watch this. It's really mostly about the gory/vivid crime scenes. Blood, decay... bones ect. Some thematic elements such as SEXUAL ABUSE/ASSAULT(rape), TERRORISM, ADOPTION, DEATH, and of course sex jokes. It is about an anthropologist, so half of the setting is mostly in the lab with the corpse and they dissect the body. There are more sex jokes then sex scenes (although off the top of my head there is an episode about prep school kids who make sex tapes). So if you're uncomfortable having to talk about serious topics with your kids, don't watch this. I would also put a TRIGGER WARNING on this too (depression, suicide, self harm) if you get easily triggered. This isn't a disney/dreamworks/pixar show, this is for young adults. It is very entertaining. It's funny. Definitely a good crime/detective show.

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