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Cold Case Files (2017)

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sensational docuseries reboot best for serious crime buffs.

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The series offers painstakingly slow and sensationalized discussions of murders and other violent acts to make methodical, detailed detective work more interesting for the viewer. But despite the drama, which is amplified with the use of shadowy images and ominous music, it highlights the commitment of people -- ranging from investigators to volunteers -- have shown to solving these cases in order to bring closure to the victims' families.

While it exercises restraint when describing some of the more horrific details of the violent acts committed, Cold Case Files isn't an easy series to watch. It is even harder when it focuses on those crimes committed against children. However, if you're seriously into crime-solving docudramas, this one offers some real-life investigative twists and turns.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: February 27, 2017
  • Cast: Danny Glover
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: June 19, 2023

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