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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's about catching criminals, but the stories are told from the point of view of the criminal mind of the alleged perpetrator as well as the detectives trying to solve the crime.
Positive Role Models
The detectives are generally intelligent, upstanding, and driven to protect the community from criminals. Sometimes detectives express a quiet but emotional desire to pursue justice for crime victims.
Violence & Scariness
Post-mortems are often quite grisly, and there are lots of dead bodies. Guns go off frequently.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some crimes are sexually based.
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Of the three Law & Orders, this show has the mildest language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasionally a cigarette is smoked or a drink or drug consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this crime drama digs deeply into the motives behind violent acts. Younger kids will find the pacing slow but the content very disturbing. From a role model point of view, this isn't an age-appropriate show for kids, since each episode dwells on aberrant behaviors.
Is It Any Good?
Criminal Intent is the most cerebral of the Law & Order shows. It purports to take viewers into the minds of the criminals who perform a range of dastardly and often gruesome crimes and, while intriguing for adults, is a pretty iffy choice for younger viewers.
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