A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Though the premise rests on the fact that the world can be a dangerous place, the show emphasizes the value of teamwork, communication, and compassion in handling high-stakes crises.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are notably diverse and must work together to bring their targets safely home, demonstrating qualities such as compassion, communication, and teamwork.
Violence & Scariness
Sudden moments of violence; bloody injures and occasional death; characters carry weapons.
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Words such as "damn" and "hell" are audible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders is a spin-off of the Criminal Minds franchise that follows a tight-knit team of armed FBI specialists who are tasked with solving crimes around the world. Most cases put the team -- and the people they're trying to save -- in serious danger, so expect to see sudden moments of violence, and realistic injuries and death with visible blood. Characters also use words such as "hell" and "damn" but nothing stronger.
Is It Any Good?
Though it transports viewers to a variety of far-flung locales, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders doesn't really cover a lot of new ground when it comes to creativity. After all, when you strip away all the exotic elements, it's still a basic crime procedural like so many others on television, complete with a carefully constructed team of near-perfect diversity, in terms of race, gender, and body type.
The cases themselves aren't super compelling, and some of the dialogue is borderline corny. But what saves the show, at least for families, are the main characters' quirks (the interplay between Matthew and Mae is particularly charming) and the admirable ways in which they work together. Each team member adds a necessary skill set that's critical to the success of the mission. Yet their care and concern for each other beyond the mission turns out to be the very thing that makes you care about them.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.