Justice

Common Sense Media says

Glossy legal drama a little too risque for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sends the messages not to believe everything you see on TV and that everyone is innocent until proven guilty -- in court.

Violence

In one episode, a murder scene was reenacted and the bloody corpse was shown floating in a pool.

Sex

Implied nudity and talk of love-making.

Language

Brash lawyer-talk such as "ass" and "he screwed us."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that certain scenes of this legal drama graphically depict serious crimes such as murder, complete with some blood and implied nudity. The show also lifts the lid off of the sometimes-unorthodox tactics that high-priced lawyers use to get a leg up on their opposing counsel -- unethical behavior that some parents might feel is too iffy for kids.

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What's the story?

In JUSTICE, high-powered criminal defense lawyers do their best to represent their clients well in a time when many are simultaneously being tried in the media. Victor Garber stars as Ron Trott, the brash and uber-confident head of the law firm of Trott, Nicholson, Tuller & Graves, who often rubs both reporters and juries the wrong way. Joining him are Tom Nicholson (Kerr Smith), an earnest, engaging, and well-meaning litigator, Luther Graves (Eamonn Walker) who often takes a backseat to his more outspoken colleagues but pitches in by expertly analyzing the opposing counsel's case, and clinician Alden Tuller (Rebecca Mader), who's in charge of analyzing forensic evidence.

Is it any good?

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Justice is well-acted and -- like CSI and Without a Trace, which are also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer -- suspenseful and engaging. But it goes a step further with slick cinematography (in one scene, viewers watch an elevator descend in its shaft, then segue inside the elevator) and quick scene changes.

That said, while Justice offers viewers an eye-opening look at the inner workings of criminal defense law, its more mature elements -- violent crime scenes, crude language, characters who don't mind compromising their ethics to get ahead, etc. -- might give parents pause.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the justice system. How does a jury work? What's the judge's role? The prosecutor's? The defense attorney? Why are some people convicted and then exonerated years later? Is there any way to be absolutely sure that innocent people don't get sent to jail? And why do guilty people sometimes get away with their crimes?

TV details

Cast:Eamonn Walker, Kerr Smith, Victor Garber
Network:Fox
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Fast to scenes

Well I saw the premiere on this and I didn't like it. It was way to fast. I couldn't keep up with anything. I mean I really didn't get it sometimes. The producers could have done better. If you want a good FOX show just watch House, 24, or Vanished.
Teen, 15 years old Written byAmR April 9, 2008
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An ok show

I saw the first episode just a couple of days ago. I was really excited about it, but it wasn't that great. It was really predictable and way too fast-paced. It was actually pretty gory when the lady hit her head. If your 13 and up and want to see a great show on FOX, then just watch "House".

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