Law & Order: SVU

TV review by Liz Perle, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Grisly, sensationalized sex crimes; not meant for kids.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 64 reviews

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age 17+
Well I saw an episode today and I wasn't too happy cuz I was more mad at my wife for she was wanting time to herself and she's trying to get the kids out of the living room and she wanted to watch her law and order for me we got ages 16 all the way to 7 for ages and right away somebody was on a train and getting from behind kind of thing raped and our oldest daughter already went through this kind of thing something happened to her and this made me extremely uncomfortable and I don't care for the show completely but I don't want it subjected to my kids either I feel the age thing should be higher

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Noah's coming out

Is it just me, or is it really outlandish for Noah to come out as bisexual- at 8 years old? I am neither hard-core right or left, btw, but if one looks at the percentage of kids Noah's age coming out as bisexual.. I just don't think it's representative of kids that age!! It just seems more like a bald-faced attempt to take a stand on issues. Of course, the writers can choose such stances freely. I'm not at all criticizing kids of Any Age who come to that realization. But this just seems forced. I'm glad Noah feels free enough to be honest with his Mom, in any case. The press paints this as an overwhelming thumbs-up from fans. Perhaps I'm an outlier. Btw, I loved Kat, who was bisexual as well, but she was old enough by far to make such a decision. Plus she added guts and a youthful mindset to the show. Dropping Kat and Chief Garland was senseless and just wrong. Elucidating Kat's backstory might have helped many people, youth and adults, who are contemplating their identity.

This title has:

Too much sex

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