The Evidence

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Character-driven cop drama for teens and up.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters are good guys on the side of justice. They interact with criminals of all sorts, who are duly punished.

Violence

Throat slashing, a severed finger, plenty of blood.

Sex

Flashback scene shows Cole making out with wife. Bishop gyrates after seeing an attractive woman. The team visits a tame sex parlor.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some smoking in the background.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this crime drama features plenty of blood, a good deal of violence, and a dose of sexual innuendo. Racial and gender dynamics are handled with humor, though sometimes the show treads into objectification territory.

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What's the story?

In crime drama THE EVIDENCE, from the producer of The West Wing, each show begins with a catalogue of evidence for a crime, then goes back in time to watch the crime occur and follow the investigation as the evidence is acquired. The action follows the engaging investigation team of Sean Cole (Rob Estes of Silk Stalkings) and Cayman Bishop (Orlando Jones). On the forensics side are Dr. Sol Goldman (Martin Landau) and his attractive British assistant Emily Stevens (Anita Briem). The chemistry between Cole and Bishop is evident -- the two are friends beyond the workplace, and their playful banter lightens the gory details and adds to their emotional connection. Cole has a tragedy in his past, which makes him the gloomier of the two characters, while Bishop is a lighthearted ladies' man who provides emotional support to his partner.

Is it any good?

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Some of the writing and action borders on melodramatic, especially when the subject turns to Cole's past. But it's also refreshing to see the two characters discuss emotional topics -- something uncommon in the cop drama arena. The black-white cop duo is a familiar trope, and so far it's played for laughs only, but it will be interesting to see what, if anything, develops from the racial dynamic.

Since this is a crime show, plenty of violence and gore pops up on screen. Choppy scene editing and other cinematic tricks simultaneously add to the drama and distance the viewer from the violence. In the pilot episode, a fleeing suspect slashes Bishop across the chest and severs his finger, which is shown lying bloody on the sidewalk. Flashbacks include some minor sexual activity, and Bishop provides plenty of sexual innuendo.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the friendship between the show's central characters. How does working with a friend affect the relationship? How does race play into friendships? How are male friendships different (or are they?) from female ones? Also, how does race play out in television -- and on this show in particular? Why does the white character have more of a back story than the black character? Why is the black character the funny guy, while the white one is more serious?

TV details

Cast:Martin Landau, Orlando Jones, Rob Estes
Network:ABC
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14

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Teen, 13 years old Written bykliz104.1 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Great CSI-type series. Not as violent as people say it is. Fans of Law and Order, CSI, and Las Vegas probable will enjoy.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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Yet another CSI: rip-off...

Nothing anymore amazing bout this one... Been there done that. Everything is iffy exept a big red on violince... I can't say much more...

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