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NCIS: New Orleans
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
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.
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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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what makes a good crime show. Do shows like NCIS: New Orleans have to show a lot of violence or graphic images to be interesting or entertaining? What kind of impact does showing violent images in the media have on viewers?
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