TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed legal drama best for teens and up.

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age 12+
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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

In this series, justice always prevails, and few get away with their crimes. One of the main characters is a strong, smart woman.


Murder and other crime scenes are depicted, although not very graphically.


Flirting and mild innuendo; unmarried couples live together. Long-standing sexual tension between the two lead characters.


Relatively mild: "Damn," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "bitch," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main characters in this military legal drama investigate people accused of crimes that range from manslaughter to sexual harassment. Each episode features flashbacks illustrating what the JAG officers are discovering; although they're much less graphic than those on other crime dramas, the scenes may scare younger or more sensitive viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byplokoon1 January 25, 2012
Adult Written bytootsie April 9, 2008
love the show, hope to see some reruns,
or would love to see it come back but with the original actors.

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What's the story?

JAG is a legal action-drama about a team of military lawyers (JAG stands for Judge Advocate General) who both prosecute and defend their colleagues when they're accused of everything from murder to treason. David James Elliott and Catherine Bell star as Navy Commander Harmon "Harm" Rabb and Marine Lieutenant Colonel Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie, respectively. Both are straight-shooters and workaholics who travel the globe searching for clues to the cases they're assigned. Joining them are two lawyers: skilled, determined Navy Lieutenant Commander Bud Roberts (Patrick Labyorteux) and Commander Sturgis Turner (Scott Lawrence), Roberts' Naval Academy classmate and friendly rival. Also on board is Officer Jennifer Coates (Zoe McLellan), an affable but outspoken assistant who helps keep the department running smoothly.

Is it any good?

JAG is a fast-paced series that explores many complex legal situations, some of which have that "ripped from the headlines" feel. Just a few: an American submarine's rescue of 10 North Korean sailors found stranded in South Korean waters, an MIA female petty officer who's charged with desertion during Desert Storm after she's found in Iraq married to a Bedouin sheik, and an officer's suicide.

The show also delves into the main characters' personal relationships, including a romance between two JAG officers and a thinly veiled flirtation between Harm and Mac. Overall, JAG is a satisfying (if not always cutting-edge) meat-and-potatoes drama that offers a solid mix of action, intrigue, and (mostly tame) romance. Amid a lineup full of iffy reality shows, this is a series that parents of teens can feel fine about.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the military tries its personnel. What is a court martial? How is it similar to and different from a civilian court? What crimes can members of the military be tried for? How can military lawyers remain impartial when trying their fellow officers?

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