A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Finder is a lighthearted procedural drama that mixes positive messages about helping people in need with relatively low doses of violence, language, and sexual content. Some characters (one of whom is a U.S. marshal) do carry weapons, but it isn't a constant shoot-out, and there's minimal blood. "Damn" and "hell" are typically as salty as it the language gets, and sex is limited to mild banter and flirting. There's some social drinking, too, because the team's de facto headquarters is inside a bar/restaurant.
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What's the story?
Plagued by an all-consuming compulsion to track and find, Iraq War veteran Walter Sherman (Geoff Stults) has earned a reputation as THE FINDER, a skilled man for hire with the uncanny ability to locate anyone -- or anything -- that's gone missing. Now, working out of a bar-turned-makeshift office in Key West, Florida, he makes a living with a cobbled-together team that includes lawyer Leo Knox (Michael Clarke Duncan), Deputy U.S. Marshal Isabel Zambada (Mercedes Masohn), and Willa Monday (Maddie Hasson), a feisty teen delinquent.
Is it any good?
Based on characters introduced in one of the last episodes of Bones' sixth season, The Finder shifts the action to Key West for a decidedly sunnier outlook on solving mysteries that steers clear of Bones' propensity for lifeless bodies. The result is a fun (and admittedly unrealistic) procedural romp with a quirky, appealing comic lead.
The rest of the team is just fine (although original co-star Saffron Burrows, who appeared in the original Bones episode, is noticeably absent). But the real bonus here is that families with older kids can actually watch this together without worrying too much about troubling content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about The Finder's tone and its lighthearted approach to drama. How does it compare to other procedural dramas on television (think CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)?
How does this show compare to Bones, the series that inspired it? What elements do the two shows have in common? How are they different?
In what ways does The Finder highlight the physical and emotional challenges facing U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? How are families affected by a loved one's deployment? What challenges do veterans face when they return home?
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