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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Complex archaeology thriller doesn't wow, but OK for teens.

TV USA Drama 2015
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DIG is a curious conspiracy thriller with lots of moving parts and characters. On their own, none is particularly gripping, but once you're engrossed in them it's anybody's guess as to how they fit together, and that's the show's hook. From a rare red calf in Norway to a young boy raised in a cultish religious compound in New Mexico, all have ties to a telling (and suspicious) archaeological dig in the Holy Land. The catch is, no one really knows the whole story, but as the clues trickle in, a larger picture begins to form. Fans of this kind of thing will find Dig an intriguing -- if not overly impressive -- addition to a genre that's usually dominated by espionage, not archaeology.

Dig's content is fine for teens, but unless they like being pulled in many directions at one time, this show likely won't interest them. Those who do enjoy it may want to take the experience a step further and play the show's online game, which asks them to gather clues from each episode to solve puzzles that relate to the story. If nothing else, the show does treat viewers to some stunning scenes from the Holy Land and a glimpse into the workings of an archaeological dig.

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