Parents' Guide to

Homicide City

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

True crime series shows bloody recreations of murder cases.

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Since the explosion of podcasts' popularity, one of the most devoured genres is true crime. Homicide City is a reminder of why these stories work well in audio format. The interviews with the detectives who solved the cases are fascinating. The interviews with the victims' friends and family are often heartbreaking. However, the dramatized recreations of their lives feel like a TV relic from the pre-podcast or Netflix special era of true crime entertainment. Each episode features a new case and new "characters." But the the acting verges on funny and the mismatched tones are exposed when the actor is replaced by a relative of a real-life murder victim.

The trashy voiceovers don't help, either. Lines such as, "Patty realizes that instead of planning a wedding, she'll be arranging her fiancée's funeral," feel icky and, to some extent, disrespectful to the victims and their families. Tonal mess aside, the show presents a series of murders that have interesting stories. These allow for a "whodunnit" guessing game, as each case unfolds and the detectives get closer to catching the criminal and revealing their motives.

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