Parents' Guide to

Common Law

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Two handsome detectives bicker, flirt, and solve murders.

TV USA Drama 2012
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Kids say (4):

The show is not un-charming in a sort of 48 Hours-lite kind of way. After years of grim police procedurals of the mold of CSI and Law & Order, it's rather refreshing to see a cop show that plays crime and murder for laughs. The show's leads are very easy on the eyes, have genuine chemistry, and the central gimmick of sending the warring partners to couples counseling is one that yields some interesting dilemmas.

All that said, the trope of salt-and-pepper good cop/bad cop partners is so hackneyed that it can't help but dent Common Law's appeal. Detective Mitchell may particularly furrow parents' brows, given as he is to hooking up with nubile female coworkers and pulling out his gun to threaten reluctant unarmed suspects to talk. It's all played for laughs, but that's not really funny. Otherwise, this is a perfectly pleasant way to kill an hour with a show that will entertain you while it's on then pass right through your brain, leaving no troublesome thought residue.

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