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CSI: Miami

TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Lesser cousin of mature, top-rated crime show.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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 can be graphic, gruesome, and unsettling.


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


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


Subtle product placement, usually around technology.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJewishPrincess April 9, 2008

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 watc... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 year old Written bysarahs20 February 15, 2011


My mom is my best friend and we watch this show together all the time I don't think I have missed a show. Sometimes I run home just to watch it. Well now m... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFlickChick197 June 21, 2010

NO KIDS!!! Tough Teens and Young Adults. Adult slueths should have no problem.

This installment of the CSI chronicles definately includes more compelling mysteries and effects as my other review of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Yet, ther... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysarasagossipgirl January 18, 2011


My little sister watches this-shes eight! we watch it with our mom/dad and its fine. THere are some episodes that talk about sex, but its usually used as a part... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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