Parents' Guide to

C.B. Strike

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Smart British detective series has violence, smoking.

TV HBO Drama 2018
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The smart, hard-boiled detective procedural features well-rounded, relatable characters and thorny cases that lead to entertaining twists. Cormoran Strike is intelligent, broody, but kind, and his tumultuous life and tenuous relationships with family members serve as the foundation for personal narratives that are woven into the investigative process. Meanwhile, some of the private life of the sharp and sensitive Robin Ellacott is also revealed, including her engagement to Matthew Cunliffe (Kerr Logan), which allows viewers to understand who she is and what drives her. Not surprisingly, over the course of several seasons the relationship between the two sleuths also gets more complicated. Ultimately, C.B. Strike is formulaic, and approaches investigations using old-fashioned smarts. But while it's not the most action-packed, it delivers an engaging adaptation of J.K. Rowling's stories that fans of good crime-solving tales will enjoy.

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