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By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Formulaic bloody spin-off deals with PTSD and trauma.

TV CBS Drama 2021
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Great sho for kids 12 and up!

It is a good show for kids that really like scary things. Very light on language and sex. Very scary and creepy. Parents watch thing with your son or daughter. Great pick!

Is It Any Good?

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The Silence of the Lambs is rightly considered one of the best movies of all time, and its main character getting lifted to head up a TV procedural was probably inevitable. Clarice leans very hard on its connection to the 1991 film, but at the end of the day it's just a showcase for the same 45-minute whodunits that have been recycled well into the ground over the last 20 years of network television.

Unsurprisingly, the series is as vaguely satisfying and imminently replaceable as any other decently-produced mystery show. The one thing that makes it unique is its beloved lead character coping with the trauma and fallout of her well-known backstory. But its portrayal of Clarice as a "survivor" is mostly just pop psychology and window dressing, rather than a sincere effort to reinvent the body-of-the-week medium or even question, as its source material does, why viewers find brutal murders so entertaining.

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