Criminal Minds

TV review by Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Entertaining crime drama's violence is too grim for kids.

CBS Drama 2005

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 43 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 187 reviews

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age 12+

LOVE THIS SHOW! Common Sense Media is wayyyy off

I love Criminal Minds and just finished the series for the 2nd time! I think a mature 10 year old could handle it but its totally fine for a 12 year old. There are a few bad scenes, but nowadays tweens have seen it all. I love this show, no doubt! It's fine for tweens and teens.
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age 15+

Criminal Minds: Is it Appropriate?

First of all, I'd like to say that this is probably my favorite show. It is captivating and the acting is very good, and it is so interesting! But, it is definitely a mature show. Viewers are exposed to lots of gore, blood, and disturbing body parts and dead bodies in crimes. Rape and sexual assault are major themes in episodes, as well as sexual sadism. Many crimes are targeted against young women (especially traditionally pretty ones), which may cause young women to feel paranoid and nervous about everyone (it really just depends on the person). One of my favorite parts of the show is the psychology of criminals, especially murderers and serial killers, which is sometimes disturbing. Mental illness and drugs causing violence is also a theme. Ultimately, I would not expose a child under 13 or 14 to this amount of violence, but you really should make your decision based on the maturity of your child. I would say that 13, 14, or 15 would be a reasonable age for most children. I hope that this helped your decision!

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
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