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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bloody vampire detective saga lacks dramatic bite.

TV CBS Drama 2007
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Some things you just shouldn't mess with. When a show about an undead private detective kicks off by debunking some of the many myths about vampires (Garlic, holy water, and crucifixes? No effect. Exposure to sunshine? No problem, as long as you don't overdo it.) -- it begs a key question: Why even bother calling it MOONLIGHT when so much of it happens in broad daylight? And why bother making him a vampire at all? If the writers wanted a super-powered private eye who could investigate crime during the day and didn't have to hunt for food, they could have used any number of gimmicks, and being a vampire isn't even the best one.

Then there's his partner. For investigative reporter who's often amazed at his ability to appear and disappear so quickly, she asks surprisingly few questions about his background. The two of them make a decent team when it comes to solving crimes, though their cases aren't especially challenging, and clues tend to land in their laps.

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