FBI: Most Wanted

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Violent crime series spin-off is entertaining, predictable.

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Positive Messages

The show is about catching criminals, but secondary narratives include themes pertaining to parenthood, veterans, and personal loss.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

They aren’t perfect, but the members of the Task Force are committed to doing their jobs. Some are loving parents. 


Fugitives are often wanted for violent crimes. There are lots of shootings, bloody bullet wounds, and dead bodies. A few agents have anger management issues. The death of a wife/parent in Afghanistan is briefly discussed. 


Some strong sexual innuendo, including partially dressed women dancing suggestively in strip clubs and other places open to investigations.


Words like “hell,” “bitch,” and “damn" are audible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Fugitives are often wanted for drug-related offenses. Drug use and drug addicts are visible and addiction is discussed. A woman is shown overdosing after an injection. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that FBI: Most Wanted is a crime procedural spin-off about a team of federal agents tasked with tracking down criminals wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Gun violence is frequent, which often results in bloody bullet wounds and deaths. The use and sale of prescription and illegal drugs is sometimes visible, and in one episode someone is shown overdosing. There’s some sexual innuendo, and some occasional strong language including “hell,” “bitch,” and “damn." 

User Reviews

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Parent Written byLisa M. May 27, 2021


My 8 year old son watches this every day and it’s pretty gory and bloody but the language is not too bad
Adult Written byPampero January 24, 2021

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What's the story?

FBI: MOST WANTED, a spinoff series of Dick Wolf’s FBI, follows the fictional FBI’s Fugitive Task Force. Under the leadership of Federal Agent Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon), Agents Clinton Skye (Nathaniel Arcand), Hana Gibson (Keisha Castle-Hughes), Kenny Crosby (Kellan Lutz), and Sheryll Barnes (Roxy Sternberg) are out on the field, and often working undercover, to successfully hunt down the dangerous individuals on Federal Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted list. 

Is it any good?

The entertaining, but predictable, crime procedural features all the elements of the Dick Wolf franchise, including lots of dialogue, dramatic captures, and a few explosive moments. Law & Order and FBI fans will appreciate the sense of familiarity created by this well-known formula, but the overall result is a series that produces few surprises. Nonetheless, the cat-and-mouse games between the fugitives and the Task Force are easy to settle into, and the hints at the individual cast members’ personal struggles add some interest. Ultimately, FBI: Most Wanted is worth tuning into if you like this sort of thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way FBI: Most Wanted portrays the search for fugitives wanted for federal crimes. Do you think the investigative process is as quick, dramatic, or exciting as it appears on television? 

  • What are some of the ways television spin-offs stay true to the franchises from which they are developed? Are there any consistencies you've noticed among all crime dramas? What storylines or characters in this series remind you of other TV shows created by Dick Wolf, such as Law and Order, Chicago Med, or Chicago P.D.?

  • Does this show spark any desire to work in law enforcement? Whst is appealing about this kind of work? What parts of it would you dislike? 

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For kids who love investigative dramas

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