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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rosewood is a crime drama that focuses on death and postmortem procedures. Fistfighting, guns, blood, and corpses are prominently featured, and there are lots of conversations about murders, suicides, and drug-related crimes. Drinking, sexy dancing, and some innuendo also are featured. Expensive or fashionable cars (Porsche, GTO) are visible, and there's some strong language ("hell," "piss," "ass," "bitch"). Though it sounds bleak, the show has a lighter tone and contains some positive messages about living life to the fullest.
What's the story?
ROSEWOOD is a crime drama starring Morris Chestnut as Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., a private pathologist who helps the Miami Police Department uncover clues no one else seems to notice. Using his smarts and sophisticated technology, Rosewood helps Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) solve crimes that otherwise would be overlooked. Working with him in the lab is his sister, Pippy (Gabrielle Dennis), and her girlfriend, TMI (Anna Konkle). But while he’s busy helping others and enjoying life, his mother (played by Lorraine Toussaint) worries about him and his serious health problems.
Is it any good?
This rather predictable crime procedural offers lots of traditional story lines but does so with some flair thanks to Beaumont Rosewood’s larger-than-life personality. Also adding to the appeal are the members of his family, who appear both caring and extremely likable.
Despite its focus on crime and death, there are some surprisingly positive messages here about living life to the fullest (although some might argue that this goes slightly too far at times). But the only thing sophisticated here is the technology used in the laboratory. Nonetheless, it offers enough drama and humor to make it entertaining.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about forensic medicine. What is a pathologist? Why do people choose to work with the dead? What kind of challenges come with the job? Does this show offer a realistic view of the way the work is conducted?
Families also can talk about the balance between work and home life. Do you think Rosewood does a good job of attaining that balacnce? Why, or why not?