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Although the show deals with the circumstances and consequences of violent crime and has a dark tone overall, it does promote the importance of volunteerism, as well as the significance of serving as a victim's advocate even after their death.
Positive Role Models
While their volunteerism isn't completely selfless, the group commits their time and energy to helping homicide victims -- and, in some cases, their families. The volunteers try to be nonjudgmental about the victims.
Violence & Scariness
Violent deaths provide consistent plot points throughout the show, and dead/decomposing bodies are sometimes shown at crime scenes and in photos. Punching, pushing, and bludgeoning are sometimes visible, although the blood and gore are minimal. Guns are shown being drawn. Some of the murder victims show signs of sexual trauma.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Not all that frequent, but can be racy when it occurs -- underwear-clad couples tussling in bed, kissing, etc.
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Words like "hell" and "damn" are occasionally used.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Investigations sometimes lead the volunteers into bars and clubs where alcohol is served and drinking is visible. Drug dealing is sometimes discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this crime drama about volunteers dedicated to identifying nameless murder victims has some pretty dark themes -- but it also humanizes these victims and highlights the importance of victim advocacy. Because of the subject matter, expect frequent discussions about violent deaths, as well as scenes that include violent acts (punching, bludgeoning, etc.). Characters are shown drinking; drugs, drug dealing, and sexual assault are occasionally discussed, and there's occasional salty language.
Is It Any Good?
The Forgotten sets itself apart from other crime dramas because it's committed to humanizing victims rather than simply solving the mysteries of their death. To do so, it gives the victims a voice in the storytelling process and allows them to tell their stories without judgment.
Although the subject of identifying the dead is rather dark, the show still succeeds in providing intelligent and, at times, emotional entertainment. It also pays homage to the thousands of volunteers who help police departments across the country keep crime victims and their families from being forgotten.
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