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By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

International cop drama has unique format, formulaic cases.

TV Netflix Drama 2019
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age 12+

Age 12+

I honestly don’t know why this show is rated MA. It is not a terribly bad show. Though your child has to be mature enough to watch such show. I thought it was incredibly educational and the acting is wonderful. Totally recommend if you are into documentary type acting.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence

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As a formal exercise in police procedural television, this could be very exciting. Seeing police work under similar circumstances in different countries opens up a lot of possibilities for either character studies (as in Columbo or Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where we already know who committed the crimes) or illuminating cultural differences in justice systems. However, Criminal opts for neither of those possibilities. Instead, the show drags out run-of-the-mill setups similar to those that have been used on police procedural shows for the last 20 years. Though it's entertaining, the viewer ends up learning next to nothing about either the characters or the different country's settings.

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