Parents' Guide to

Murder in the First

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Decent police procedural has violence, slow-burn plot.

TV TNT Drama 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Bad cursing

Just like most shows lately, they get you hooked and then start dropping the F word and GD.

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Too much swearing
age 14+



Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (2):

Another police procedural? Really? Yes, we're sick of them, too. But before you change that channel, you should know that this show's put together by one of the all-time greats: Steven Bochco was writing cop shows long before Law & Order was even a twinkle in (producer) Dick Wolf's eye. So the action here is both meaty and mostly realistic, if the twists and turns in the main characters' personal lives are a bit soapy.

The show's focus on a single murder case is a gimmick we've seen pop up in many shows of late; The Killing and Top of the Lake spring to mind. But since this is the way actual police officers tend to work-- painfully slowly -- it lends the series a lot more authenticity than a case-of-the-week show wherein everything's wrapped up in an hour. We see things unfold, and we have time to get to know the characters rather than racing through plot. It'll be tough for Murder in the First to make an impression in a landscape littered with similar shows, but it's worth a try, particularly for viewers who can't get enough crime and punishment.

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