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By Jill Murphy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

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

TV NBC Drama 2006
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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.

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