Parents' Guide to

Rizzoli & Isles

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Female-driven crime show gets pretty grisly.

TV TNT Drama 2010
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Male that loves this female driven drama

With the two main actors actually being actresses, this show is obviously pointed to get there main audience from females. But as a 41 year old male, I must say this is one of my favorite tv shows. Not only a drama, it has it's share of comedy, suspense, and action. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander are a perfect combination as the two main characters. Not only best friends in the show, both work together. Harmon as a homicide detective and Alexander as the chief medical examiner. The show did lose some of its luster when they tragically lost great supporting actor Lee Thompson Young to suicide. He played Harmon's partner detective Barry Frost. Still a great TV show that guys should not be embarrassed to watch, lol.
age 13+

Rizzoli, Isles & MAYRA.

Rizzoli, Isles & MAYRA.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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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