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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Derivative legal drama is nothing new, way too talky.

TV CBS Drama 2016
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age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Love Bull

I have enjoyed this show from the beginning. But the opening season this year blew me away. Great job you all. I have never looked up a show to rate it. This is how much I loved this episode. Thank you anf I missed you too.

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age 11+

Best show ever

Michal weatherly acts amazingly in bull making it a nice fun show for all.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

It's hard to escape the feeling that this thoroughly average legal/crime show was cobbled together, Frankenstein's monster-style, out of pieces of other, better shows. You've got the cohesive team of attractive experts similar to those in How to Get Away with Murder or Criminal Minds, led by one brilliant hotshot (Lie to Me, The Mentalist) taking on cases no one else can solve. Bull even cribs the smart, snotty young goth girl from NCIS.

So, not fresh, and not innovative, but at least BULL isn't exploitative, like other criminal case programs in which the camera lingers lovingly on wounds, gore, and scantily clad young dead women. The show won't naturally appeal to teens -- it's too talky for that -- but they might linger if it's on after dinner when they're in the room playing with their phones. Fans of Dr. Phil may get a particular thrill from watching, imagining him in the Weatherly role.

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