A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show's focus is on solving crimes and protecting innocent people. But criminal activity is described in detail.
Violence & Scariness
Extreme violence described (murder, rape, assault, etc.), mild violence portrayed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes deal with sexual crimes and related evidence.
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Occasional "hell" or "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some descriptions and reenactments include smoking and drinking, though people never appear intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary-style series follows real criminal investigations. Crimes described and depicted include rape, murder, and kidnapping. Though the re-enactments aren't terribly graphic -- showing only some arguing and mild physical violence -- the descriptions offered by the narrator and during interviews are very vivid and explicit, including details like the duration of a sexual assault. Bones, teeth, blood, and other forensic evidence appear onscreen, though briefly and often not realistically.
Is It Any Good?
The show's interviewees are always serious, but sometimes their solemnity inches too closely to dull. And though the re-enactments are sometimes believable, for the most part they're poorly portrayed. Those with a more twisted sense of humor might enjoy imagining how different the real scenes would be from those acted out onscreen -- the actors' portrayal often seems much milder than what the narrator describes. For instance, participants are often described as drinking alcohol for long periods of time, but the actors never appear drunk. And because cases handled by the FBI are often high profile and frequently involve very dangerous criminals, the cases featured on the show are often grisly and involve scary scenarios. Re-enactments sometimes show blood, bones, and teeth, as well as scenes of mild violence.
Fans of crime shows both real and fictional may enjoy The FBI Files' detailed descriptions of criminal investigations. Teens who can handle the gory elements and graphic descriptions might find the process fascinating, and the show does a good job keeping sensationalism in check.
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