TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Smart crime drama OK for teens.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Good message about using brain power to solve crimes, and teamwork is emphasized.


Murders are depicted as bloody crime scenes.


The two main characters are bachelors; they kiss their dates, and there are sometimes implied sexual relations.


Mild ("ass," etc.).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Numb3rs is a crime drama that regularly includes scenes in which violent acts such as murder are committed, and they can be pretty gory (think CSI, rather than Bones). In one episode, for example, a woman is strangled and pulled into bushes, her feet twitching, and then the perpetrator walks away, leaving bloody footprints.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysp4ce m4n March 21, 2020

Good for learning about math, but definitely not for kids!

I was going into Numb3rs thinking it was going to be on the kiddy side, more or less focusing on the math aspects of crime solving and stuff like that.
But I’m... Continue reading
Adult Written byLowe's man January 26, 2015

Will introduce adults and teenagers to a new way of thinking about math.

"We all use math every day", goes the opening line in the first season. Especially Charlie Epps. His brother Don, an FBI agent, thought that the FBI... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byAngie.gelleni January 13, 2019

Fun tv show

I think this a great TV show for Friday night with the family. It is fun to watch and there aren't any scenes you would have to skip. There are graphic de... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJoshuaEric February 16, 2018

Great Show!

It was amazing! Had some violence, and was a little graphic at times, but as a whole great. Next to no sex/nudity, with some kissing, and implied sexual content... Continue reading

What's the story?

In CBS' procedural drama NUMB3RS, a team of FBI agents and investigators use mathematical formulas and forensic evidence to help solve L.A.-area crimes. Rob Morrow stars as Don Eppes, a FBI agent who uses his brother, Charlie (David Krumholtz), a mathematical genius and professor, to help him solve some of the bureau's toughest cases. Don deals with the evidence in each case, while Charlie relies on mathematical equations and probability. The pair, both bachelors, live with their father, Alan (Judd Hirsch), and work alongside eccentric problem-solver Dr. Larry Fleinhardt (Peter MacNicol), and dogged FBI agents Megan Reeves (Diane Farr) and Colby Granger (Dylan Bruno).

Is it any good?

This series is a refreshing take on the primetime crime drama. The storylines are current (in one episode, an Iraqi woman attempting to out Saddam's henchmen is murdered) and the acting is quite good. Viewers get a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the FBI and the unusual ways its agents go about solving crimes. If teens can get past the sometimes violent crime scenes, they'll find Numb3rs highly enjoyable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the characters in Numb3rs use math to help solve crimes. Does this make math a more appealing subject for teens? Can you think of other ways math might come into play in adult life?

  • Families can also talk about why people commit crimes and whether the punishments they receive are appropriate. Kids might also like discussing law enforcement as a career. Is that something that interests them? If so, what particular kind of role could they see themselves filling?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love smart dramas

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