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Psychic uses visions to solve violent crimes.
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2005

What parents need to know

Positive messages


Crime solving and mystery are major themes here; the importance of family is also central to the show.

Positive role models

Allison uses her gift to help others. She is also a dedicated wife and mother.


Murder, rape, kidnapping, suicides, serial killers -- the show is centered on investigating violent crimes.


Occasional sexual references when crimes have sexual elements.


Occasional profanity -- "hell," "bitch," etc.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some episodes deal with drug-related content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this show isn't meant for kids. Allison's communication with the dead can be unsettling and scary. Every episode focuses on some sort of violent crime, including rape and murder. The show is also emotionally intense, as Allison must stop criminals from hurting their victims before it's too late. Often Allison's visions and dreams put her in uncomfortable positions, such as finding out others' dark secrets. There's occasional strong language.

What's the story?

Patricia Arquette stars as Allison, a law student and mother who can see and communicate with the dead through her vivid dreams and visions. She can also see the future. She uses her unique ability to solve and prevent crimes as she attempts to live a regular life with her husband and family. Often people doubt her gift, so much of the drama comes from watching Allison convince them that they must act and stop a criminal before it becomes too late. The show is based on the real-life adventures of research medium Allison Dubois.

Is it any good?


Although the show's premise may intrigue kids, it's just too intense and scary for them. A recent episode featured the return of a spirit Allison had previously battled -- only this time, the murdering doctor is after Allison's 14-year-old daughter. Other episodes have featured pedophiles, serial killers, and rapists. Bottom line: Adults may find the show intriguing, but kids should not tune in.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about death and spirituality. They can also discuss Allison's gift and whether or not they believe that certain people can see the future or communicate with the dead. Is Allison's ability to see the past and future a blessing or curse?

TV details

Premiere date:January 3, 2005
Cast:David Cubitt, Miguel Sandoval, Patricia Arquette
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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