By Emily Ashby,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Complex archaeology thriller doesn't wow, but OK for teens.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show explores the concepts of destiny and prophecy, implying that life is both predetermined and inevitable. Religious and cultural tensions run high in the show's Middle East setting. A character copes with grief after the loss of a loved one. Many characters are duplicitous, making it hard to determine the good from the bad.
Positive Role Models
Peter strives to uncover the truth and do the right thing, but those around him are less predictable in their true loyalties. Many would sacrifice anything for a greater cause, which could go either way depending on what it drives them to do.
Violence & Scariness
Many chase scenes and a constant sense of peril. There's a lot of shooting, including the murder of a young character. Police are shown with guns. A murder victim's photos show her injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Backside nudity. A couple is shown in bed after having sex, but they're mostly clothed. References to casual sex and the use of sex as a distraction from grief.
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"Ass," "hell," "s--t," and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
Screen prompts encourage viewers to visit the show's partner website to compile clues and solve puzzles for a chance to win prizes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke and drink on occasion.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dig is a fast-paced thriller rooted in religious prophecies and archaeology. There are numerous chase scenes, some shooting, and at least two murders of central characters. Blood is visible, and crime scene photos show a victim's injuries, although the violence isn't notably gory. A man's naked backside is shown, and couples engage in casual sex, though they're mostly clothed and it's not very graphic. You'll hear "ass," "hell," "s--t," and "goddamn." This series is set primarily in Jerusalem, so you're treated to some great scenery of the area even as the characters go about their business of thwarting looming world catastrophe.
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What's the Story?
Peter Connelly (Jason Isaacs) is an FBI operative who recently relocated to Jerusalem to put some distance between himself and a personal tragedy. He's tasked with the capture of Yussef Khalid (Omar Metwally), an American murder suspect who's hiding out in Jerusalem, but his efforts are complicated by the involvement of the Israeli police and a distracting encounter with an archaeology student named Emma (Alison Sudol), who soon thereafter turns up murdered. Suddenly Peter is immersed in an investigation into her death, which uncovers clues to an international conspiracy with wide-reaching impact, and he must race to find answers before it's too late.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about faith and religion. What is the difference between the two? Do all religions espouse peace? Why is there so much discord historically in the world over religion?
By what means are we constantly learning new things about our history? Is it important to continue to look for clues to the past? What if doing so proved threatening to international relations today?
Teens: Did you like this show? Was its story intriguing? Do you think the companion online game will be popular? How has interactive media changed how we watch TV?
- Premiere date: March 5, 2015
- Cast: Jason Isaacs, Anne Heche, Alison Sudol
- Network: USA
- Genre: Drama
- Topics: Adventures, History
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: June 11, 2022
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