A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show reinforces that the world is a dangerous place that's full of unscrupulous criminals. But it also promotes the idea that strong women can successfully work together without resorting to catfighting or petty politicking.
Positive Role Models
Both Rizzoli and Isles are bright, hardworking, and accomplished, although Isles tends to play up her sexuality a bit more on the job. They're also fearless in the face of danger.
Violence & Scariness
Plots include murder, rape, and torture, with vivid flashes of violence that's life-altering for the victims. Dead bodies and blood are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual tension between characters, along with innuendo-driven dialogue.
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Language includes words like "damn," "hell," "t-ts," and "ass." Characters also use exclamatory phrases like "son of a bitch" and "for Christ's sake."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult-oriented crime drama packs some pretty grisly scenes involving torture, rape (and other sexual crimes), and murder, with plenty of dead bodies and blood to go around. There's some sexual innuendo, too, and characters use words like "damn," "hell," "t-ts," "ass," and "son of a bitch" and occasionally drink alcohol. On the plus side, the main characters are both accomplished, hardworking female role models.
Is It Any Good?
Rizzoli & Isles might be based on author Tess Gerritsen's string of bestselling crime novels, but it doesn't take long for it to seem eerily similar to a far better -- though admittedly scarier -- story: The Silence of the Lambs. And frankly, Anthony Hopkins' creepy antics aside, we'd much rather be watching that. Although the idea of a two-woman "buddy" series a-la Cagney & Lacey sounds great on paper, this half-baked disappointment only succeeds at being trite and silly.
It is, however, refreshing to see a series about two type-A women who can work together and (gasp!) be friends at the same time. Not that the shallow script makes viewers actually care about the characters much, mind you; but at least it's sending out a positive message in place of the popular strong-women-can't-work-together formula.
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