Crossing Lines

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Ho-hum police procedural with dead bodies and scary stuff.

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Positive Role Models & Representations

The show's characters are a bit cliched: The tough cop with a tragic backstory, the ex-detective pulled in for one last job. That said, they follow and uphold the law, and female characters are strong and nuanced (if also young and supermodel gorgeous).


Viewers see women stalked and streaked with blood, running away from a menacing male silhouette. We see parts of a dead body, such as a hand with a terrible wound. Guns are brandished, and we see many shots from the point of view of a serial killer. There are stabbings which occur just offscreen, with scary music and sound effects and graphic discussions of murders and maimings.


Members of the crime-fighting team on Crossing Lines are set up to be single-n-sexy so expect dating, flirting, and more. There are some sexual references, i.e. a comment that an officer is not like "a virgin on her wedding night," and there is some queasy mingling of sex and violence, as when we see a young women strapping on sexy underwear and then being stalked by a killer in the woods.


A few curses: "Kiss my ass in Macy's window." There is also some ethnic mockery, as when one character expresses astonishment that an Irish man would turn down an alcoholic drink.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drinking; one character uses morphine to control pain from an injury and is frequently seen sweating with pain and possibly from withdrawal.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Crossing Lines is a grim drama about an international crime fighting team that attempts to solve murder cases. Viewers see dead bodies and killings, though grievous injuries like stabbings take place just offscreen while the camera cuts away and scary music plays. Viewers also see bodies being examined by investigators in the morgue and gory crime scenes, and they hear graphic discussion of injuries. Murderers may have a sexual angle, with viewers invited to look at victims in their underwear before we see them being stalked and killed. Many shots take place from the killer's point of view, and young, attractive women are generally the victims we see. There are a few curses ("ass") and some ethnic insults. There is also some onscreen drinking, and a major plotline about one character's use of morphine to control pain from a hand injury.

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Adult Written byPetalknits December 4, 2018

Almost porn

The first 2 seasons were pretty good, but by season 3, topless women became very frequent, as were lots of sex scenes that were very convincing. Lots of f-bombs... Continue reading
Adult Written bymk s. July 14, 2017

how to ruin a good show

remove sutherland and fichtner

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What's the story?

In grim crime drama CROSSING LINES, former NYPD detective Carl Hickman (William Fitchner) is all done with police work, particularly since his right hand is so maimed he can no longer hold a pen or a gun. His brilliant investigative mind is still sharp, but he has no plans to use it on criminals. However, his old friend Detective Major Louis Daniel (Marc Lavoine) has other plans for him: Come to work at the International Criminal Court, investigating tough cases with criminals who cross European borders. First on the docket: A serial killer who preys on young women. Fitchner and a team of international investigators have to find him before he kills again, all the while negotiating tricky international politics.

Is it any good?

It's Law & Order: The Hague. Or at least that what this retread of other crime 'n' violence cop shows feels like. It's more creepy dudes whose faces appear only in shadow, stalking hot young women who scream piteously and then fall down in the mud and break their heel, allowing them to be stabbed to death. In the credits, you'll appear as "Victim #3." Thank you for your good work!

It's disappointing, because Crossing Lines did nab itself a good cast. Donald Sutherland, great to see you again! William Fitchner has a weird, great face; fun to watch him. But we've seen this show before. Too many times, in fact. The Bridge does international police work better. Go watch that instead.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Crossing Lines is a realistic look at criminal work. Do real cops have jobs like this? Is this what real investigations look like?

  • Compare Crossing Lines with another police procedural, like Law & Order: SVU? How are the shows different? How are they the same?

  • Does it bother you that there are sexual connotations to the murders on Crossing Lines, i.e. only very beautiful women are killed, the viewer see them in states of undress, we see them from the point of view of the killer, etc.? Would you want your daughter to see these types of crimes depicted? What about your son?

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For kids who love dark stuff

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