A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the show presents violence in a tragic light, the focus is on the details of the crime. A crime often remains unsolved with no identifiable "good guys" and "bad guys." Potentially sensationalizes celebrity death, contributing to a culture of violence.
Positive Role Models
Several victims of a violent crime have committed violent crimes against others in the past. Law enforcement officers aren't always the heroes and are commonly criticized for their mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
Although blood isn't glorified, sometimes it can't be avoided. The opening credits include blood and an overturned vial of cocaine. Other scenes include shots of fist fights, shootings, stabbings, surgery, and dead bodies, etc. Some scenes are replayed from original footage; others are re-enacted using live actors or computer animation.Some cases might involve sexual violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex or sexual violence might be involved with certain crimes.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs, drug dealing, and/or alcohol might be involved with certain crimes. For instance, Michael Jackson died from an overdose of prescription medicine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary-style program uses authentic footage, computer animation, and eyewitness and expert interviews to re-create infamous crime scenes and unsolved murders, like that of Michael Jackson and Anna Nicole Smith. Due to the subject matter, violence is a common theme, and there are often scenes involving blood, guns, knives, and dead bodies.
Is It Any Good?
Famous Crime Scene isn't the worst way to spend your time, particularly if you're a true crime aficionado or have a general fascination with unsolved mysteries. But the series' choice of cases isn't as compelling as it could be when you consider that the deaths of Tupac, Anna Nicole, and MJ, at least, have already been prodded and pondered ad nauseam and (forgive the pun) beaten to death in the 24-hour news cycle. The value added here is the show's succinct 30-minute snapshots of what happened, who saw it, and who's to blame.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.