A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the main characters are generally moral, positive people on the right side of the law, every episode involves encounters with criminals or crime. The ongoing central mystery is shrouded in deception and manipulation.
Positive Role Models
Although the main characters are generally moral, positive people on the right side of the law, every episode involves encounters with criminals or crime.
Violence & Scariness
Gunfire and gunshot wounds, fights, threats of violence, menacing acts, man hits woman in face (knocking her down), murder victims in various states, serial killers, swimming pool filled with blood in one episode.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some dating and flirting, but nothing graphic; one episode discusses sperm bank donations.
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"Hellhole," "crack heads," "whores," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drug use in context of investigations; some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sci-fi crime series can be quite violent. Characters often use weapons and get in fights; episodes have included hostage situations, gunshot wounds, a swimming pool filled with blood, a man knocking a woman down, and so on. Murder victims show up in various gruesome states (cut in half, brains removed, etc.). Discussion of criminal investigations include references to "whores" and "crack heads," and there's some other minor profanity. Some episodes include information about how to make explosives (combine drain cleaner and lemonade) and other potentially iffy material.
Is It Any Good?
Doe is a sympathetic character with a gritty sexiness, a bit of wry humor, and a MacGyver-like ability to get himself out of any scrape. His capacity for acquiring knowledge is impressive -- which helps when he needs to escape handcuffs or pilot a helicopter.
Since John Doe is a crime show, it's not surprising episodes involve murder, guns, and violence. In one episode, for example, a rogue ex-cop and his crew take the police station hostage, threatening groups of people with automatic weapons and at one point opening fire and wounding someone. In another scene, the ex-cop strikes his former boss, Jamie Avery (Jayne Brook of Chicago Hope and Boston Legal), across the face, knocking her to the ground. Other episodes include some brutal killings, serial murderers, and even a swimming pool filled with blood. It's not as graphic as CSI, but it's definitely not for little kids.
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