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By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Tense FBI drama needs more mojo. Teens and up.

TV Fox Drama 2006
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Fans of procedural crime dramas might get a kick out of the show's innovative approach, and learning about crisis negotiation is a fun byproduct, but those looking for a complex relationship to pair with the formula might be disappointed. The formula works well at creating tension and a 24-like urgency, but the central relationship feels a little forced, which undermines the show's entire premise. Perhaps aiming for a Mulder-and-Scully dynamic, Standoff's creators have written Flannery as a go-with-the-gut type to contrast with Lehman's more academic approach to crisis resolution. But these stereotypes are loosely written, and the actors don't seem to fill them neatly, making the contrast less effective and less convincing.

While Standoff has very little gore, its premise hinges on the possibility of death. The sense of being on the edge of a serious tragedy makes it hard to look away -- but also potentially disturbing to younger viewers.

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