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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Artfully done police procedural is horror-movie scary.

TV CBS Drama 2014
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age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 4+

Scary excellence

I know what other parents are thinking: how does a show with a graphic explosion earn TV-14? I was thinking the same thing. However, I sat in with my daughter to watch the second episode and have to admit this show is way less violent than people perceive it to be. The main issue is it being to scary (there are some chilling scenes), but it never goes full out graphic violent like Hannibal or The Following. Definitely doesn't deserve a 16 label.
age 7+

Non-Violent Crime show alternative

Parents need to know that this show, despite the 16 rating by common sense media, has very little violence. The most graphic scene is an explosion that takes place from a far distance, in the first episode. Otherwise, violence is restricted to regular fighting common in almost every show, and occasionally shots are fired. This is way less violent than shows like CSI, and that is why I give it a 7 on review.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Another case-of-the-week show! What does this make, several dozen? Do network executives have no imagination at all? That said, this is pretty snazzy stuff. The camera work and music are beautiful, and McDermott and Q have chemistry and charisma to spare. Also, the show's pretty terrifying and disturbing: A few minutes into the pilot, a screaming co-ed is being splashed with gasoline, locked into her car, set on fire, and rolled backward into a pole. Whoa! Later on, one dead-eyed young man tells another that if he'd really wanted to scare him, he'd have poisoned his food instead of just waited in his dorm room in the dark.

Scary. Adults for whom crime-and-punishment serials are a guilty pleasure may find this lots of fun. The writing is quite good, and the cases taken on each week are different enough to be compelling. There are moments of genuine dread and horror, not to mention surprise, plus plenty of possibilities for ongoing sucks-you-in drama. However, it's graphic, creepy, and frightening -- think twice before you let tweens or even teens watch.

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