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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unconventional format adds freshness to gritty crime drama.

TV ABC Drama 2013
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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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