A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The characters investigate plenty of heinous crimes, but the show has a lighthearted tone overall. Castle's unusual background gives him a unique perspective that often helps them figure out who did it. He's also a doting single father to a teenage girl, and he's a bit out of his comfort zone now that she's starting to date.
Positive Role Models
Castle is a clever outsider who uses his background as a crime novelist to help the police solve crimes, usually by coming up with the most outlandish theory possible and then showing how it's the only possible explanation. He must be both thick-skinned and persistent to make his case when his colleagues insist his ideas border on lunacy.
Violence & Scariness
Little on-screen violence, but most of the crimes on the show involve violence -- including murder -- and the crime scenes sometimes feature brief shots of corpses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Castle is a charming rake who constantly flirts with his female partner and the women they meet during their investigations. They also sometimes speculate on the sexual habits of their victims and suspects when it's relevant to the crimes they're investigating.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters sometimes discuss drugs and alcohol as possible factors in the crimes they're investigating. Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this crime drama about a novelist (who also happens to be a devoted single dad) who tags along with a detective as she investigates crimes is much less violent -- and more lighthearted -- than intense procedural series like CSI. Many of the cases do involve murder, so some crime scenes feature shots of corpses, but there's little gore. Some episodes also include discussions about the sexual habits of both victims and suspects, and there's romantic tension between the main characters. Expect some social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Fillion is the main reason to watch CASTLE. Charming and witty, his character brings some fun to what's otherwise a fairly standard cop procedural. As a fiction writer, his point of departure when examining a crime is to assume that the most unlikely, impossible-sounding explanation is what happened -- in other words, the exact opposite of his detective counterpart, who starts with the facts and moves on from there. Their interactions, as Becket dismisses Castle's outlandish suggestions and then slowly concedes he might have a point, are the best part of the show.
The weak points are the crimes themselves, which are often so formulaic that any veteran viewer of TV cop shows can immediately tell which suspects are red herrings and which minor characters will be back in the final act. Still, TV police squad rooms tend to be environments filled with stress and uncertainty, as the cops try to fit together meager clues; introducing a writer to mix up this well-known environment is a fun twist that elevates Castle from mediocrity.
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