Parents' Guide to

Captured

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Strong women solve graphic real-life crimes.

TV Oxygen Reality TV 2007
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The series, which is produced by the creators of the controversial crime reality show Snapped, features first-hand interviews with the crime-solving women, as well as victims and family members. And, like its sister show, it incorporates graphic crime-scene photos, audio and video footage, and re-enactments of events. But unlike Snapped -- and many other crime shows, both fictional and reality-based -- Captured focuses solely on crimes committed against women. Consequently, the heart of the show is the positive efforts of other women trying to find answers when law enforcement is unwilling (or unable) to do so.

Granted, the stories are oversimplified to fit into the 30-minute format, the series' graphic nature is a little exploitative, and its signature conclusion -- which requests viewers' help in providing crime-solving tips -- is reminiscent of America's Most Wanted. But on the whole, Captured succeeds in telling stories about women who are empowered and determined.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 7, 2007
  • Network: Oxygen
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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