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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Police procedural about grief features gore, sexual content.

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Positive Messages

Coroner is a procedural detective show that aims to bring killers to justice while incorporating themes of coping with anxiety, anger, and grief.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Coroner features a racially diverse cast of characters in non-stereotypical roles. The central character is intelligent, empathetic, and hardworking.


Coroner is very much a "body of the week" show, featuring a victim of violence at the top of every episode. Blood and wounds are shown, as are autopsies that feature the cutting open of human cadavers. Actual violence is described or avoided more often than it's shown. Examples include a man collapsing into a swimming pool and another man arrested by armed officers.


Sexual content includes characters making out in their underwear and simulated sex. In the morgue, nude bodies are shown from a distance.


Mild profanity is used and includes "ass," "damn," "screw," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug use is a frequent topic in the murder investigations. Drug use is not shown, but the effects of drugs (overdoses, for example) are sometimes a part of the story. Characters drink socially. No smoking is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Coroner is a mystery/procedural drama about a coroner who helps solve murders while struggling with anxiety and grief caused by the death of her husband. It's a typical "body of the week" show, meaning that victims of violence and the aftermath of physical violence is often shown, including blood, bruises, and wounds. Naked dead bodies are often seen from a distance and autopsies are performed, during which human cadavers are cut into and opened up. However, the show avoids gratuitous depictions of actual violent acts, describing or alluding to the crime instead. Sexual content is relatively high for a network drama -- couples are seen making out in their underwear and simulated sex is shown. Mild profanity is used throughout the show, including "ass," "damn," "screw," etc. Drug use is a frequent topic in the murder investigations. Drug use itself is not shown, but is often talked about, and sometimes the effects of drug use, such as an overdose, is shown.

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What's the story?

CORONER is a police procedural about Dr. Jenny Cooper (Serina Swan), an ER doctor who ditches her job after the sudden death of her husband and becomes the titular coroner. A single mother who has inherited a mountain of debt thanks to her husband's gambling addiction, Dr. Cooper lives with an anxiety disorder and feels an obligation to help others who have lost loved ones. She works closely with Detective Donovan McAvoy (Roger Cross) to investigate mysterious deaths, using her unique combination of medical knowledge and empathy to help bring criminals to justice.

Is it any good?

Having a lead character work in a morgue is certainly one way to live up to the "body of the week" trope embraced by most detective procedurals. Coroner's unique take on the familiar formula is that the main character has to work through her own anxiety and grief to do her job. Living with an anxiety disorder is an important topic to explore, but Coroner falls into another TV cliche by allowing rudimentary research dictate Dr. Cooper's motivations and actions, painting her pathology with broad strokes rather than the nuance the complex character deserves.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Dr. Jenny Cooper. What does a coroner do? How do they interact with law enforcement? Is Dr. Cooper different from a typical coroner? How does she approach her work? How does her background impact her work?

  • Families can also talk about treatments for anxiety and depression. Why does Dr. Cooper take medication? How does this affect her son? Her job? Her romantic life? Do you learn anything from Coroner about healthy ways to cope with mental illness?

  • How do different characters on Coroner cope with grief? How do they help one another? What do the cases in each episode have to do with grief? 

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For kids who love crime dramas

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