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Parents' Guide to

Murder, She Wrote

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Simple crime drama is tame by today's standards.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 11+

Some are appropriate, some are not

Some episodes are fine but others relating to adultery, suicide or too much alcohol etc. I don't approve of until older. I watched it as a kid but I keep it clean for my own as long as possible.
age 12+

better than many of today's crime dramas

Actually I wouldn't call this show simple, as it requires a lot of thinking. It is tame and the violence is minimal, but that's what makes the show great. Ideal for those who like detective series or mysteries but do not like the intense and often graphic violence found in many crime dramas that have come out in the last 20 years or so. The reason why Jessica Fletcher, played by Angela Lansbury, does a better job than many professional detectives is because of her attention to detail and her slow pace, proving that slow and steady wins the race. Although this show was designed for senior citizens, adolescents will enjoy it too. If not right away, they will if they give it a chance. A great opportunity for them to try something that is designed for a different audience and one that many wouldn't watch on their own.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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More than two decades after its debut, the show continues to engage audiences with its endearing heroine and an ever-changing cast of guest stars. Through the years, Murder, She Wrote has featured soon-to-be-familiar faces like George Clooney, Courteney Cox, and Marcia Cross. But crime-drama buffs take note: This is no Law & Order or CSI. The action is slow, and characters rely more on chance eavesdropping or friendly conversation than on actual interrogation to gather information. Foot chases are rare, and hardened criminals even rarer. Overall it's a fantasy world for detective work, where the bad guys stand out, tense situations are often tempered by wry humor, and loose ends are tied up in a nice, neat package by show's end.

The only real caution for parents of older tweens and up is the potential for some violent images, but the relatively low-key nature of this crime show makes it a decent choice for families. The simplistic, dialogue-based plot, however, may leave kids rolling their eyes.

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