Conviction

Common Sense Media says

New-generation law drama is weak, not for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

One-night stands; sexual relationships between co-workers; a victim in love with her rapist; a lawyer shows up to work hung-over; a prisoner spits on a lawyer.

Violence

Graphic/bloody photos of victims; murder; bloody bodies; beating; rape (off-screen, but the victim's facial bruising/cuts are shown).

Sex

Promiscuous characters; a prisoner seductively rubs her breasts (over clothing) to entice a lawyer; a prisoner refers to "being hard" when talking to his female lawyer.

Language

"Bitch," "ass," detailed depictions of murder cases ("sliced open abdomen to remove smuggled drugs").

Consumerism

Red Bull energy drink is visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lawyers visit a bar after work; some excessive drinking; drugs in plotline.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this unimpressive series has graphic images of sex, rape victims, murder victims, drinking, and drugs. Victims have a broad age range, including teens. The young, attractive stars are promiscuous in and out of the office and also drink regulary after work.

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What's the story?

Law & Order creator Dick Wolf churns out another crime drama with CONVICTION, in which Manhattan assistant district attorneys Nick (Jordan Bridges), Brian (Eric Balfour), Jessica (Milena Govich), Christina (Julianne Nicholson), and Billy (J. August Richards), deputy district attorney Jim Steele (Anson Mount), and bureau chief Alexandra Cabot (Stephanie March, reprising her role from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) head to court for some emotionally challenging cases. The core cast members, many of whom have the slightly familiar faces of actors you know you've seen somewhere before, portray young newbie lawyers -- all the better to lure a new generation of crime-drama fans. (Balfour, for example, who plays a sexy, partying chick magnet, appeared in a popular teen favorite: the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.)

Is it any good?

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Like Law & Order, Conviction deals with violent crimes against people of all ages and has featured cases based on rape, murder, and drug smuggling, so graphic details and visuals are commonplace. Almost more disturbing, however, is the main characters' behavior: They're frequently hung-over, they have casual sex with co-workers and others, and they're young.

Plus, the show is disjointed, recalling too many other law dramas. It aims for the lightheartedness and warmth of Ally McBeal, but pits those characteristics against the grit and devastation of Law & Order: SVU. Add in an overdose of The Practice's sexual hijinks and characters as nasty as the inmates on Prison Break, and the storylines end up shattered. Trying to reassemble these pieces at the end of an episode is impossible; after-work drinks at the local bar with the gang from work hardly makes for a cohesive Conviction.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the intensity and nature of the cases. What impression do teens get from the young lawyers? Are they professional? Parents who watch might want to remind teens that while the plotlines may be "realistic," they're still not very common, which may help them deal with any lingering fear or worry.

TV details

Cast:Eric Balfour, Jordan Bridges, Milena Govich
Network:NBC
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written bythorn969 April 9, 2008
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So so show

This show isn't really for kids, but more, it isn't very good. There is too many plot lines going on with nothing major happening. I'd much recommend the other Law and Order franchise shows over this one.
Adult Written byCollegeGirl April 9, 2008
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Good law show, but NOT for kids or young teens

Although it is now off the air, I considered Conviction a great show due to my love for the Law and Order franchise. However, this show is definitely NOT for children due to its explicit sexual content (several sex scenes) and general scenarios that kids under 17 would not understand. If you do watch this show with your teens, there are some situations that will need detailed explanations (i.e. morality, honesty, sexuality, etc.)

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