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Most Evil

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Evil minds on parade. Too disturbing for kids.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The "Most Evil" (who all display unthinkable social behavior, including cannibalism and murder) aren't glorified or presented as role models. Role models in this show are forensic scientists and other experts who apply scientific and psychological methods as investigative tools.

Violence

In-depth discussion of violent and extremely disturbing crimes, including murder, molestation, and torture; graphic images of real crime scenes.

Sex

Descriptions of sexually violent crimes and discussion of psychological disorders in sexually abused children.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Discussion of drug and alcohol use and abuse; images of alcohol and cigarettes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while the crimes and criminals being discussed aren't glorified, this show does delve into the disturbing details of horrific crimes. Dramatic narration, crime-scene imagery, and real video footage add a level of exposé-style intensity. Scientific methods and analysis offer an educational component, but parents need to know that this program frankly discusses disturbing psychopathic behaviors including cannibalism, child molestation, and torture.

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What's the story?

Discovery Channel's MOST EVIL delves into the personal history, horrific crimes, and motivations of infamous killers like Ted Bundy, the BTK killer and Aileen Wuornos (pictured) in order to answer this question: What drives people to commit such horrific acts? The show features leading experts in psychology and neurology (from esteemed institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, and USC) -- including the host, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Stone -- as they uncover and analyze the physiological and psychological traits and personal experiences of psychotic killers and cold-blooded, psychopathic liars. Is it possible to be born evil?

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The science and investigative approaches presented are fascinating, as are the featured experts and professionals (fields include biology, psychology, and criminology). The show invites discussion and further research of various careers in forensics, psychology, neurology, biology, criminal profiling, and other areas. It also presents good examples of scientific research, methodology, and analysis.

That said, a lot of time is dedicated to describing notorious crimes and criminals in dramatic fashion. Overall, it's interesting and informative, but a decent portion is devoted to slickly produced dramatic effects.Most Evil's borderline-sensational approach keeps the audience's attention, but its sometimes heavy-handed tactics eat up precious minutes that could be better spent on the fascinating scientific evidence. There's certainly an educational component to the show, but the content is questionable for all except mature older teens, and, when combined with the dramatic production (sinister music, a dark narrative tone, and crime scene images), may be too disturbing for younger or more sensitive viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the methods and analysis used by different types of professionals to determine what makes notorious criminals tick. How is evidence from varying sciences combined to create a more complete profile of the criminal mind? How can scientific evidence help in crime prevention and in diagnosing mental disorders? This program also invites discussion of the most severe psychological disorders and the factors behind them.

TV details

Premiere date:July 13, 2006
Cast:Michael Stone
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Adult Written bycyntelaine66 April 9, 2008

Most Evil is a Must See

I love this show. I think it's a fascinating blend of the most common questions asked when dealing with someone that society labels as "evil" - nature or nurture or both. Whether he's discussing someone of widespread notoriety such as Charles Manson or Ted Bundy or lesser known people like Mary Beth Tinning and Diana Dial, Dr. Stone chooses to do as complete a background check as possible before deciding where to place people on his "Scale of Evil". Please look beyond the title and listen to the science - it is very rewarding, I assure you.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySMSx523 April 9, 2008

Very Good Show

I really enjoy watching this show! I think that if you are intrested in psychology or criminology, then this would be a show that would spark your intrest. I like it because they talk about the events in a very un-biased way, and explain why this person became this way.
Adult Written bybloomdepp April 9, 2008

Intrsting.

I love the show I think it is really intresting and I look forward to more.

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