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Crossing Jordan

Sappy crime drama too intense for kids.
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2001

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters are moral people with good intentions. Sometimes they don't obey all the rules. Criminal activity is limited to obvious villains.


Some visible violence, plus very graphic and disturbing aftermath of violence. Dead children and babies are shown close-up.


Characters make out and discuss intimate relationships; sexual subjects come up in some plotlines, such as one involving semen.


Minor cursing.

Not applicable
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.

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.

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What's the story?

In CROSSING JORDAN, Jill Hennessy plays Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, a medical examiner who goes above and beyond her job description to solve the crimes perpetrated on the victims who \"cross\" her table. Jordan is smart, sexy, and complicated. Before getting her current job, she'd been fired several times for being too gutsy (or inappropriately overstepping her job's bounds, depending on how you look at it). But after she returns home to the comfort of her retired-cop father's arms, she starts breaking cases all over town.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the often-violent nature of the show's intense subject matter. How do you feel after seeing depictions of dead bodies, even though you know they're not real? What factors make you feel more or less disturbed by seeing images of death? Families can also discuss the kinds of careers that drive people to devote their lives to their work. What are the benefits and drawbacks of being so immersed in your job?

TV details

Premiere date:September 24, 2001
Cast:Jill Hennessy, Mahershala Ali, Miguel Ferrer
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Parent of a 5, 6, 7, and 11 year old Written byAnEpicGuy December 4, 2012

Why, NBC?

My 11 and 7-year old sons watched this at a friends house, I knew what it was, and I had to ban it for the kids. Dosent stop me from watching it though.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byAlyzabeth1990 September 30, 2010

Swell Drama!

You can sometimes see a bulge in Nigel's scrubs pants and there's references to him being gay. Other than that it's appropriate.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written bygrasshopperonth... November 13, 2010


love it but no way for the urchins
What other families should know
Too much violence