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Parents' Guide to

John Doe

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sci-fi MacGyver solves crimes, searches for self.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

funny and mysterious

it is good for older kids not the young ones minor mention of sex major mention of death homicide murder and kindnapping overall really good for one just starting out this kind of series

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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