Parents' Guide to

The Eleven

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sensationalized docuseries dramatizes unsolved murders.

TV A&E Reality TV 2017
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This dark series offers a sensationalized look at the way old evidence is reinterpreted and new clues are collected in order to solve cold cases. Each installment of The Eleven takes an in-depth look at the details surrounding the murder of each teenager in hopes of finding the missing links that will connect Ed Bell to the crime. To this end, it also shows lots of archival footage, home videos, and disturbing crime scene photographs. Conversations with people who knew the victims, and interviews with Ed Bell himself, are also shown.

Olsen and Paige claim that Ed Bell's upcoming parole hearing is the driving force behind their investigation. But the authenticity of their motives is undermined by the fact that they aren't conducting an official investigation. The constant dramatic reenactments of the kidnappings and shootings, and the detailed descriptions of the young women's final moments also make it feel exploitative.

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