Parents' Guide to

Defending Jacob

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Book-based crime drama has violence, cursing.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 14+


i was so excited for the release of this show. mainly for chris evans and jaeden martell who are 2 very good actors i’ve seen in many projects. was a good show . only concern for parents that want to know is just the language and topics relating to sexual acts briefly involving kids. a dark mini series so if you like happy stuff this isn’t the best choice. wish there was another season though. i’d give it a watch if you wanna watch something new!

This title has:

Too much swearing
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age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (16 ):

This dark crime series combines family drama with a legal procedural as the Barbers navigate their son's murder trial to the best of their ability. Told as a series of flashbacks from Andy Barber's point of view, it mainly relies on the conversations between Andy and Laurie to establish the feelings of confusion, frustration, and doubts they have about their son. These exchanges push the story along, but thanks to the attempts to tell it over eight long episodes, the overall story feels slow and overstretched. As a result, dramatic tension and elements of suspense are diluted. But Defending Jacob offers a solid plot, and provides some some entertainment if you have the patience to stay with it.

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