CSI: Miami

 
Lesser cousin of mature, top-rated crime show.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Like the Las Vegas-set series that spawned it, this show suggests we live in a dangerous and violent world. But the tropical Miami setting makes it feel slightly more glamorous than gritty. (That said, violence against women is a common theme.) On the plus side, the series reinforces the importance of using teamwork, applied intelligence, and technology to solve complicated cases.

Positive role models

The crime scene investigation team includes both male and female members who work together as equals. Investigators are smart, ethical, and from diverse ethnicities. Criminals range from white-collar crooks to brutal convicts.

Violence

Violence can be graphic, gruesome, and unsettling.

Sex

Sexuality is always in the background in the form of beach/bikini shots. Also, sex is frequently an element in the crimes being investigated.

Language

Occasional swearing: "ass," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism

Subtle product placement, usually around technology.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional drug and alcohol use by criminals. Rare alcohol use by main characters.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Miami-set spin-off of the original CSI is just as violent and mature as the original. While the series focuses on solving crimes, scenes of fast cars, bikini-wearing women, and big houses offer a more glamorous backdrop to the search for justice than the original's gritty Las Vegas setting.

What's the story?

Like CSI: NY, CSI: MIAMI is an offshoot of the original, Las Vegas-set CSI. As in that series, the action here follows the city's crime scene investigators as they attempt to solve crimes using forensic evidence. The team employs science and technology -- as well as good training and smarts -- to unpeel layers and sort out scenarios until they reveal the truth. Unlike the largely nighttime setting of the original CSI, CSI: Miami plays out in the daylight, with sweeping views of gorgeous blue ocean and busty, bikini-clad women on the beach. Like CSI's Gil Grissom (William Petersen), CSI: Miami team leader Horatio Caine (NYPD Blue's David Caruso) is an intense, wise, and solemn man.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Staying consistent with the CSI franchise, the crimes the Miami team investigates can be gruesome and scary, and are not recommended fare for younger viewers. Many of the crimes involve women and sometimes children as well. The action largely follows the investigation -- rather than focusing on playing out the crime on the screen -- but viewers still see dead bodies, tortured victims, and violent crimes occurring in cinematic flashbacks.

While CSI: Miami has its avid followers, unlike the original CSI's Grissom, Horatio doesn't compel the same attention and affection. And the rest of the team seems less of an integrated whole than a bunch of independent characters -- some more interesting than others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's violence. Do you think the kinds of victims depicted on the show reflect real-life crime? Families can also discuss how science and technology are used to solve crimes. Does this series make teens more interested in what's going on in science class? Is forensic science something they might want to pursue as a career?

TV details

Cast:Adam Rodriguez, David Caruso, Emily Procter
Networks:A&E, CBS
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Adult Written byJewishPrincess April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

Good Show

CSI: Miami is the second instalment in the CSI franchise. It, like its predecessor, is a highly intelligent, entertaining crime drama. This show is worth watching if only for the scenery, however, it is enjoyable on more levels. The show follows a slightly different formula than the one presented in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Miami focuses less on the scientific aspects of crime solving, although forensics are still central to the show. The shows characters are less likeable and do not function in a unit in the same way the characters on the original do. This show has a much more serious edge and the characters reflect this. Horatio Caine (David Caruso), is the lead detective, he is intended to be Miami’s less scientific version of Gil Grissom, however, he falls short in many ways being generally less likeable and evoking fewer feelings of affection in the viewer. The rest of the cast is solid, but again, very serious, rarely cracking a smile let alone a joke. Many people dislike this show when they first see it, especially fans of the original, however, with repeated viewing the show grows on you. I recommend this show for those 15+.
Kid, 12 years old May 30, 2009
age 10+
 

AWSOME

i luv CSI:Miami i was 10 when i started watching it i thougt it was cool and when i grow up i want 2 be a crime scene investigator
Teen, 14 years old Written bybeautiful.teen September 26, 2010
age 13+
 

Great for mature teens and adults

A really exciting series :) Some episodes are ok for teens over 13, but some are more like 15+ for the iffy content.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Great role models

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