Parents' Guide to

Final Witness

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sensationalized real-crime show is dramatic and disturbing.

TV ABC Reality TV 2012
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Final Witness shows some of the complicated life circumstances that ultimately led to the horrific murders it features, as well as the different ways that these crimes were discovered, investigated, and, in some cases, prosecuted. But the endless number of disturbing images, emotional interviews, and narrations from the fictional voices of the deceased seem designed to entertain viewers rather than inform them.

It's sensationalized, but buried within these scenes are moments when Final Witness subtly reminds viewers of the humanity that's lost whenever someone loses their life to violent crime. It's a difficult show to watch and not one that's full of positive messages. But viewers who are drawn in by investigation shows will probably find it both dramatic and interesting.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 27, 2012
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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