The Finder

TV review by
Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Bones spin-off keeps tone and content light and quirky.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show fosters a message of helping others, which requires teamwork and loyalty from everyone involved.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Walter's methods can be unconventional, and he doesn't always connect with people emotionally, but he does take his duties personally in pursuit of helping people find what they're looking for. The team also functions as a makeshift family for teen delinquent Willa, who still has latent tendencies to lie and steal.


Some characters carry and fire weapons, both "good guys" and "bad guys." Other violence includes punching and other physical attacks, but with minimal blood.


Light sexual tension between male and female characters. Brief flashes of lingerie, etc.


Rare use of words like "damn" and "hell."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The team's headquarters is based out of a bar/restaurant, so there's a bit of social drinking.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bypkbos December 20, 2016

Tween boy favorite

Perfect show for my almost 13 & 14 yr old boys, especially following Chuck & White Collar. We really missed all these characters! Only drawbac... Continue reading
Parent Written bytreat02 May 12, 2012

good show

I like this series. It's not because of all of the violence (which doesn't happen THAT often), it's because of the sense of investigation. I like... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCooneymart March 28, 2016

The interesting story line of redemption story of a man with the mind of Sherlock but the personality of ace Ventura

This show is perfect for an entreaging realistic crime show with love able characters who push the show forward.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCalcabrina May 13, 2012


This is a great show. Walter is hilarious, and Willa is awesome! Leo is so sweet and Isabelle should be the role model of all girls. And Timo is too cool.

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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