Crime 360

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Detectives investigate crimes; gritty and sometimes graphic.

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Positive Messages

The show ollows detectives as they investigate real crimes, including examining crime scenes, evaluating physical evidence, and questioning witnesses and suspects. It provides an interesting glimpse of police procedures. Witnesses and suspects often lie or try to mislead the investigators.


The show focuses on the aftermath of violent events and sometimes shows the corpses of murder victims at crime scenes. The detectives frequently speculate about what may have happened during an attack, and these hypothetical explanations are accompanied by computer simulations of the crimes.


No sex or nudity. Sex is sometimes discussed as a motive for crimes.


Some words are bleeped. The detectives, medical examiners, and other people involved in the investigations speak in particularly dry and clinical terms.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs and alcohol are sometimes discussed as a factor in various crimes, providing a potent demonstration of how substances can affect judgment and lead to unplanned, and sometimes tragic, results.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series features real police detectives investigating real crimes, usually murders. They describe these traumatic incidents in clinical terms, but watching them speak to friends and relatives of the victims and suspects shows how everyday life can be permanently disrupted in a moment. Dead bodies are sometimes shown briefly, and computer simulations demonstrate various crime theories. Some words are bleeped, and sex and substances are discussed within the context of the crimes.

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What's the story?

CRIME 360 goes into the field with real police detectives to investigate actual crimes. This behind-the-scenes look at cops in action follows along as they hunt for clues, examine physical evidence in the lab, question witnesses, and brainstorm possible scenarios to figure out what happened. The show includes graphic footage from crime scenes, often featuring real corpses, as well as computer recreations of the crime as the detectives try to determine which stories are plausible, which ones don't make sense, who's lying, and who's guilty.

Is it any good?

Crime 360 is a mix of the mundane and the horrific. The crimes, often murder, aren't usually the sort that would land on the front page of the newspapers, but they're certainly life-changing for the witnesses, the suspects, and the victims' friends and family. The detectives bring a clinical professionalism to their work, which helps them maintain a sense of distance from these everyday tragedies.

That said, the show also understates the significance of the material. Treating a murder investigation like it's just another day at the office (and for a homicide detective, that's exactly what it is) doesn't make for the most compelling television. Still, focusing on real people and real crimes brings out plenty of real drama, despite the cops' just-the-facts attitude. This show isn't as exciting as a scripted police show, but it's real, and that trumps fiction every time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about police shows. Does this series seem as interesting as fictional cop series, where the crimes are more exciting? Or does the fact that these are real people getting involved in real crimes make it more interesting? Does the formal language of the investigators here make the show seem a bit stiff? Or do you think this helps the detectives maintain a certain distance from the events that surround them every day?

TV details

  • Premiere date: March 6, 2008
  • Cast: Bill Lloyd
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: DVD
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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