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By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Upbeat but average crime show with blood, bodies.

TV CBS Drama 2003
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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 35 parent reviews

age 18+

Teenage Fast and Furious Horrors Criminals Ripoff

Brett Davern ("Awkward." & "Easy A") Zac Efron ("High School Musical" & "Easy A")
age 12+

Missing Good Plots Through The Last Three Years

Parents should be aware of the elements of good TV shows such as characterization and plot so the aspects of characters can be discussed as they relate to the plot. In this way, parents can discuss what is happening in the episode and how the characters react to conflict. Good conversations between parents and teens can keep the relationships going while watching NCIS together. One problem with the show is that plot development has been deteriorating for the past three years, and sometimes the show can be dull and boring and teens lose interest. The show used to have interesting storylines along with character development but hasn't since the character Ziva left. The last episode of season 13 affecting the closure of the Ziva and Tony characters presented the possibility of parents discussing with their teens how relationships come to an end and that endings might not always be a very happy ones, but adults can cope with loss and make better lives for themselves and their children. That final episode held much interest, moved quickly through the tension between the plot and characters and ended on a better note for the series.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (35 ):
Kids say (104 ):

For many years, CBS was regarded casually as a network aimed at the elderly. With series such as Murder, She Wrote and the investigative journalism warhorse 60 Minutes, it's easy to understand the generalization. NCIS feels like a leftover from that era of programming; lead investigator Gibbs spends so much time glaring at his younger coworkers that you expect him to explode at any moment with a "Get off my lawn, you hippies!"

Like an engine ground down by years of overuse and poor repairs, NCIS represents the low ebb of the crime procedural drama. Attempts at humor and character development feel forced; the seams begin to show between scenes barely stitched together to propel a murder-of-the-week plot. Despite its flaws, the show maintains an enormous viewership and an upbeat tone that distinguishes it from some of its darker brethren.

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