NCIS: New Orleans

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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NCIS spin-off with NOLA flavor, lots of violence.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

It's about investigating crimes ranging from violent murders to corrupt politicians. Doing the right thing, ethics, and loyalty also are themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The NCIS New Orleans group views itself as a family as well as colleagues. 


Theft, murder, gangs, and similar themes are central to the show. There are graphic images of blood, severed body parts, and bloody wounds. Corpses and autopsy procedures are visible. Weapons, gun fights, fistfights, and other altercations are shown.  


Contains some references to dating, as well as some subtle innuendo. 


Words such as "hell" are audible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (beer, cocktails) visible. Illegal drug-smuggling busts reveal large quantities of heroin and other illegal narcotics. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that NCIS: New Orleans contains all the content one expects from an NCIS spin-off, including graphic crime scenes showing bloody wounds, mutilated body parts, and corpses. Weapons, drugs, and other crime-related images are shown and discussed. There's some drinking (beer, cocktails), as well as mild sexual innuendo. There are a few iffy words (like "hell"), too. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDonNels67 February 12, 2021

Good show but...

Every show seems to include one or more scenes highlighting the lesbian lifestyle. This detracts from an otherwise enjoyable program.
Adult Written byMatt19 June 28, 2019

Fantastic addition to the NCIS franchise, but NOT FOR KIDS!

NCIS New Orleans is a brilliant addition to the franchise, but the series isn't for children and anyone under the age of 18. Why did the BBFC in my country... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2020

NCIS: New Orleans is OK for 10 Years Old and Up

NCIS: New Orleans has no Horrible Language, Point of View, This NCIS Spin Off is Appropriate for Anyone is 10 Years Old or Older.
Teen, 13 years old Written byMRIANLAND July 1, 2019

One of the faves

I personally like this one better than the original NCIS

What's the story?

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, another installment of the NCIS franchise, follows members of the New Orleans field office of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as they work on criminal cases involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It stars Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, a native of the Big Easy, who works with a team of investigators including Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) and Special Agent Meredith Brody (played by JAG's Zoe McLellan), who has recently joined the team from Detroit. Also helping them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder) and Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich), a quirky but brilliant scientist. From investigating violent murders to bringing down corrupt politicians, working on investigations in New Orleans is never dull. 

Is it any good?

As with its sister shows, this series offers the same crime scenes, autopsies, and occasional quirks but this time with the kind of flair that New Orleans is known for. In fact, much of what makes NCIS: New Orleans interesting is the local culture in which these stories take place, which brings with it the local cuisine, music, and history. 

NCIS fans will find it worth watching. However, newcomers to the series may be put off by the endless array of violent images, which range from gun fights to mutilated body parts. Nonetheless, if you're looking to be entertained by an upbeat crime series, this one will fit the bill. 

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