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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main characters are moral people with good intentions. Sometimes they don't obey all the rules. Criminal activity is limited to obvious villains.
Violence & Scariness
Some visible violence, plus very graphic and disturbing aftermath of violence. Dead children and babies are shown close-up.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters make out and discuss intimate relationships; sexual subjects come up in some plotlines, such as one involving semen.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug use is mostly left to criminal characters, but a main character's daughter has a drug problem, and another character may have a drinking problem. Drug and alcohol abuse is always framed as problematic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this crime drama follows the work of a medical examiner and therefore focuses intently on death and the circumstances (mostly violent) that lead to death. Scenes depicting dead people or the aftermath of violence can be very graphic (including shots of dead children and babies), and storylines are always emotionally intense. Subplots surrounding intimate adult relationships run through the series.
Is It Any Good?
While the idea of a strong female lead in a traditionally male role is appealing, the writing is unfortunately treacly. ("Working so close to death must make you really appreciate life." "Every day ... every day.") Mix the corny sentimentality with the graphically brutal violence of the weekly storylines, and the result is ugly.
Clearly the show is not appropriate for younger viewers, and new parents and pregnant women may want to avoid it as well. Not all episodes are as graphic as the one described above, but many storylines focus on children and other vulnerable folks. The series is so full of clichés and hackneyed storylines that it blends in with the rest of the genre's more mediocre shows.
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