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TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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"Law & Order" spin-off is entertaining, violent.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The FBI requires talent, intelligence, courage, patience.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some cast members are easier to like than others, but all are committed to solving crime. 


Crimes are often violent. Knives, firearms of all kinds are visible, as are explosives. Events include explosions, collapsing buildings, shootings, etc. People are shown being thrown, poisoned, carved, etc. Bloody bodies, gruesome injuries visible. 


Strip clubs, prostitution, other sex-related themes are common. 


"Crap," "damn." Racist epithets sometimes used. 


FBI agents often drive in Chevrolet SUVs. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug dealers are sometimes central to an investigation. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that FBI, a spin-off of the Law & Order franchise, is a crime procedural that features lots of violence, including explosions, gunfire, knives, and some grisly images of bloody corpses. Words like "crap" and "damn" are frequent, and racist references are sometimes audible. There are some references to strip clubs, prostitution, and human trafficking, too. Drug dealing is sometimes central to a crime, and drinking is occasionally shown. FBI agents are shown driving Chevrolet SUVs, but the logos aren't prominent. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieNut1966 October 9, 2018

Enjoyable first episode

Apparently, whoever wrote the blurb on this website doesn't know much about the show. It is NOT a spinoff of Law & Order; it is simply a new show... Continue reading
Adult Written byBigguy29 September 25, 2018

Well not a bad first episode not bad at all

This is a show I wasn't exactly jumping up and down excited for but I still rather enjoyed it the show moved fast and was cleaver if you don't want yo... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Created by Dick Wolf of the Law & Order franchise, FBI is a dramatic series about what happens behind the scenes at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's New York office. It follows agent Maggie Bell (Missy Peregrym) and her partner, agent Omar "OA" Adom (Zeeko Zaki) as they work with a team of elite experts dedicated to working cases relating to organized crime, terrorism, and counterintelligence. Overseeing their operation is assistant special agent in charge Jubal Valentine (Jeremy Sisto) and special agent in charge Dana Mosier (Sela Ward). They are also joined by Kristen Chazal (Ebonée Noel), a young woman recruited straight out of university for her brilliant analytical skills. They all work under intense pressure to protect the city -- and the country -- from harm. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining crime procedural features all the classic investigation drama one comes to expect from Dick Wolf-produced television. The crimes reflect current events, and the investigations usually wrap up nicely after some disturbing encounters and conversations. Meanwhile, New York City serves as the fast-paced, often gritty backdrop that brings perps and agents together.

While not as well-written as Law & Order, FBI still spins some good stories. Fans of the franchise will be drawn to the rhythm of the show, which combines lots of crime-solving banter with some fleeting moments of emotion. But it's more violent, thanks to gruesome images of the dead. Nonetheless, if you're looking for a satisfyingly good crime show, you'll most likely enjoy it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes crime procedurals so popular. Is it the way that the characters solve crimes? The action? 

  • Do crime-themed shows and movies have to be violent to be entertaining? Do you think FBI could tell a good story without violence?

TV details

For kids who love drama

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