Parents' Guide to

The FBI Files

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Gripping but graphic: Real crimes solved here.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+
No, this program is not perfect for children but I think in most cases it isn't a bad idea to show them. I used to watch this show as a small child and loved it. It is extremely informative and a great lesson for kids about the dangers of the world. This show does hold a rating of PG so it is up to parents discretion but I don't think parents should keep their kids from this show.

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Educational value
age 16+

Rape, murder, and kidnapping

Listen, we all have our own value systems, i don't consider myself conservative, but this show scares me, and makes me question humanity. This is for an older audience who can grapple with the complexities of human nature and the legal system.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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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