A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Looks at how intuition, strategy, and smarts can lead put a criminal behind bars. Contains some discussion of corruption. Less-than-ethical methods are sometimes used in order to ensure the closure of a case.
Positive Role Models
Characters are complex, but very moral. Brenda Johnson is a very strong, empowered woman. The supporting cast is racially/ethnically diverse.
Violence & Scariness
Dead bodies, some blood, discussion of weapons and murders, computer re-creations of crime scenes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of dating practices. Kissing, hugging.
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Language includes words like "ass" and "s--t" (unbleeped).
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Products & Purchases
Johnson's obsession with snacks provides glimpses of products, like a Special K snack bar.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking. Discussion of drugs in relation to crimes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this crime drama's main character is a strong, smart female in a complex role. That said, since the series is about murder investigations, dead bodies, blood, and intensely emotional interrogations are all shown frequently. Crimes sometimes involve drugs and other nefarious activity.
Is It Any Good?
While Johnson's co-workers don't always like her, they can't help but admire her dedication to her work and her unequalled abilities. In one episode, for example, Johnson investigates the murder of a police detective and a notorious criminal. She walks through a sea of uniformed officers who are protesting her delayed removal of the detective's body from the crime scene and stands firm against intense pressure to skip important investigation steps in order to appease the angry crowd. She's clearly a force to be reckoned with, wrapped up in tiny, blond female form.
Johnson's boss/former lover, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope, is played by the crackly J.K. Simmons of Law & Order and Oz, who turns in a quality performance to back up Sedgwick. Johnson's co-workers are a welcome mix of ethnicities, though they're mostly male; other female characters are rare, sadly. Tension between Johnson and the one other female character in the squad, Detective Irene Daniels (Gina Ravera), while hardly different from the guarded relationship between Johnson and the rest of her staff, could tip toward female backbiting with a slight push.
Blood and dead bodies are not uncommon, and semi-graphic descriptions of crime and violence are peppered throughout the action.
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