A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the series is set in a grim and violent world, the central characters working in law enforcement have a strong sense of justice despite years of hardened experience. "Good" and "bad" might be relative, but evil isn't glamorized.
Positive Role Models
Bosch has tangible flaws, including a penchant for skirting red tape. But his round-the-clock dedication to his job (and his personal backstory) makes him a much more sympathetic character.
Violence & Scariness
Violent imagery includes shootings, dead bodies, and physical combat (including child abuse) with some blood. Cases can be grizzly in nature.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some light sexual tension and playful banter. Female nudity (breasts) appears in a number of episodes.
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Audible language includes words like "f--k," "s--t," "bastard," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially and smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bosch centers on a hardened Los Angeles homicide detective with a complicated past and a strict sense of justice, a man who may or may not be a hero. Violent imagery includes shootings, dead bodies, and autopsies, plus some physical combat and depictions of child abuse. The main character drinks socially and smokes cigarettes, and characters use strong, unbleeped language like "f--k" and "s--t." There's also female nudity in some episodes and some light sexual banter between male and female characters.
Is It Any Good?
Inspired by Michael Connelly's bestselling crime novels, Bosch blends plot lines from two different Harry Bosch books with new material to create an ultimately compelling original series that's part crime drama and part character study. But whether you enjoy Amazon's take on Bosch will largely depend on how much you enjoy Bosch himself, because, in many ways, it's all about him.
Welliver effectively shoulders that burden with a portrayal that's both gritty and playful, and he generally makes the dialogue work -- although some of the show's secondary characters are less than believable. What really sells the series though are the cases themselves, which hook you with their horribleness and haunt you with their humanity.
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