The Finder

Common Sense Media says

Bones spin-off keeps tone and content light and quirky.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

Violence

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

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Geoff Stults, Mercedes Masohn, Michael Clarke Duncan
Network:Fox
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 15 years old Written byCalcabrina May 13, 2012
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13
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YES!

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 other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old April 17, 2012
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10
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THE FINDER

this is a great show it helps me to find stuff and to think
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bydr dew January 12, 2012
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14
QUALITY
 

new action show and it is a blast

well i just got through watching this great action packed thriller and it was just an all out blast and it was not all that dirty so mabey you could even watch as a family if you do not mind violence and some mild language it is great trust me
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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