Parents' Guide to

CSI: Cyber

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tech-based but traditional crime procedural talky, violent.

TV CBS Drama 2015
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There are a lot of CSI flavors to choose from (original, Miami, and New York), and although CSI: Cyber adds a fresh twist, it's pretty much more of the same. The series, inspired by real-life "cyberpsychologist" Mary Aiken, focuses on technology-based crimes that have no faces or physical locations and that require a lot of computer savvy, but it also follows the classic crime procedural format. If you like CSI but want to see some fresh faces, this may be for you.

However, the whole "cyber" theme seems a little over-the-top at times; as with Law & Order SVU's ripped-from-the-headlines plots, there's something that doesn't ring true (do people even use the word "cyber" these days?). There are some learning opportunities, though, for folks who aren't so Internet-savvy: In between scenes, the show defines some of the tech-specific terms used throughout the show. Some actors are a great fit, such as Van Der Beek, whereas others (Arquette and MacNicol) could do a bit better than this by-the-book addition to the CSI family.

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