Parents' Guide to

Take Two

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Lighthearted detective show is a less charming "Castle."

TV ABC Drama 2018
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Very interesting, clean, and Enjoyable. Great cast.

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The team that made Castle a hit is clearly hoping that lightning will strike twice on a show about a sparky duo of investigators solving crimes and slinging quips. Unfortunately, Eddie Cibrian, while square-jawed and rakish, lacks the impish appeal of Nathan Fillion, who was the secret weapon that transformed his show from forgettable into lots of fun. So although the chemistry between Bilson and Cibrian is just fine, and the writers ply their traditional crime-meets-light-comedy schtick with expertise, the whole show comes off as just a shade blander than viewers might prefer.

Nevertheless, the innate cheese of a sleuth comedy can be relaxing to watch. If a bad guy says to meet him under "the pier," you can expect Sam and Eddie not just to know which one, but be waiting with binoculars handy to stake it out. Villains have easy-to-sneak-into lairs at which they helpfully keep kidnap victims alone in accessible rooms. And crimes that have laid waste to entire swathes of Los Angeles and left law enforcement befuddled will be easily solved by Sam and Eddie in under 50 minutes. Take Two isn't great art, or even great TV, but if Castle was your thing, this thing might be too, despite the diminished charm.

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