TV review by
Elisabeth Chaney, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Mature, captivating forensic whodunit.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 19 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The overall tone is gritty and casts the city as a dark and dangerous place. 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 CSI team is smart and well-intentioned, but the criminals are definitely bad role models, committing assault, murder, and other crimes. Males and females work together as respected equals.


The depictions of the crimes are often graphic and gruesome, as in all of the shows in the CSI franchise.


When sexual content appears in the show, it's usually related to a crime that has taken place.


Words like "bitch" and "ass" are routinely used by suspects and witnesses.


Cellular phones are touted, as are their ring tones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the criminal behavior is focused on drug distribution and/or consumption.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this spin-off is just as violent and mature as the immensely popular original. While the behavior displayed by the CSI team is beyond reproach (with only a few minor infractions), the criminals' rap sheet includes assault, murder, and drug use.

User Reviews

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

Terrific Show!!

CSI: New York is the third show in the CSI franchise. It is a mature, intelligent drama with interesting and likeable characters and finds a nice balance betwe... Continue reading
Adult Written byfirstavenger11 February 12, 2012
Teen, 13 years old Written byMRIANLAND July 1, 2019
Teen, 14 years old Written bykitty47 June 4, 2015

What's the story?

The third addition to CBS's hit CSI franchise, CSI: NY follows a team of five New York City crime scene investigators as they discover forensic evidence at murder scenes and interpret it to solve the crimes. In each episode, the team typically works on two homicides: one of which drives the main plot, the other a subplot that usually has some type of comedic or sexual overtones. Leading the team is Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise), an introverted yet charismatic leader who lost his wife on 9/11. Reporting to him are four investigators, each of whom has a unique area of expertise outside of the typical forensic purview. For example, Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) has highly tuned street smarts that give him a trustworthy familiarity when he speaks with suspects and witnesses.

Is it any good?

CSI: NY is better-developed than its Miami counterpart, but not as strong as the original Las Vegas installment. That said, the characters are smart and edgy. And the show rarely leaves the viewer with a cliffhanger, making it a great choice for viewers who prefer all-inclusive episodes with no strings attached.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the science behind the show, using that to transition into conversations about what teens are learning in science class. Could what they're learning be used to investigate crime? Do they think science is something they'd like to pursue as a career? On another tack, how do teens feel about the crimes depicted in the show? Is the neat nature of the episodes' plots a realistic reflection of crime solving?

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