A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Evidence can be revisited to solve old cases and prevent killers from going free. Mental illness is a theme.
Positive Role Models
Olsen and Paige want to seek justice but aren't in a legal position to ensure that it happens.
Violence & Scariness
Images of crime scenes, etc. Shootings described, and are audible (along with screaming) during reenactments. Guns, rifles, blood visible. Sexual violence, abuse discussed; threats are made.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some victims described as attractive; images of teens in their bathing suits.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette, cigar smoking visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that crime series The Eleven reexamines the serial murders of young women in Southeast Texas in hopes of identifying their killer. It features disturbing descriptions of violent murders of teenage girls, as well as archival footage of the victims, images of murder scenes, and interviews with the man suspected of committing the crimes. Sexual crimes and mental illness are also discussed. Words like "hell" are audible, and cigarette and cigar smoking is sometimes visible. These things are all offered in context, but are often highly dramatized for entertainment purposes.
Is It Any Good?
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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