A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The detectives always catch the killer, but there's an overarching sense that the world is a deadly place, where even seemingly "normal" people can snap and do you harm.
Positive Role Models
The main character excels at her job, where skilled women and men work alongside each other to dissect complex crimes. That said, her parenting skills at home are far from perfect, sometimes treating her teenage son more like a peer than a child.
Violence & Scariness
Flashbacks reveal violent crimes and lots of blood, but those images are usually brief.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexually charged kissing, brief shots of lingerie, and some audible lovemaking, etc.
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Gateway language like "damn," "hell," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some cases involve social drinking, drug use, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Motive centers around a headstrong female role model who is likable, but flawed, with a flair for the unconventional -- both at work as a homicide detective and at home as a single mother. Each episode revolves around a violent crime, although most bloody scenes are brief, and the killer is always brought to justice. Language is mild (think "hell," "damn," etc.), and sexual activity is mostly implied, with some kissing and audible lovemaking, etc. Some cases involve social drinking and drug use.
Is It Any Good?
The last thing the world needs is another crime drama. But the surprisingly effective Motive at least attempts to change things up by throwing out the whodunit plots that are done to death on other police procedurals. Forget focusing on who committed the crime; on Motive, you'll find that out in the first few minutes, leaving the rest of the time to reveal how -- and, more importantly, why -- that person would commit murder.
Of course, Motive's format isn't a completely original concept (the long-running TV mystery Columbo did for decades), but it definitely feels fresh among a crowded schedule of genre competitors. It's also a Candian import, which brings fresh faces with Lehman (who looks an awful lot like Uma Thurman) and Ferreira, plus a far more familar one to American audiences with Lauren Holly, who plays the team's lead medical examiner.
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