The Gil Mayo Mysteries

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Quirky Brit detective series is light on violence.

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Positive Messages

The main character is a hardworking, devoted single father to a teenage daughter, with whom he shares an enviably open relationship. His downfall is financial responsibility, and his inability to take control of it is contributed to his wife's leaving him. The series raises issues like drugs, alcohol, incest, and affairs without passing judgment.


There's no violence shown, but each episode centers on a murder that's discussed at length. Murder victims are occasionally shown (a man floating face-down in a river, for example).


There's a budding romantic relationship between two main characters, but it's mostly fraught with bickering and misunderstanding rather than flirting. Allusions are made to illegitimate pregnancies, illicit affairs, and incest.


Infrequent use of "ass" and "hell."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters' drug and alcohol use is discussed as it pertains to investigations, but it's not shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this blithe British detective show is refreshingly light on the violence, sex, and strong language that often mark primetime crime dramas like Law & Order, making it a better choice for teens and even older tweens. Murder and illegal activity are discussed only vaguely, and the brief shots of victims (floating in a river, for example) aren't likely to upset most viewers. Episode storylines often allude to topics like illegitimate affairs, drug use, and incest, but the show is much more comedy than drama. The main character is a hardworking, dedicated single dad to his teenage daughter.

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Adult Written byeruditus April 9, 2008

It's the Scooby gang without Scooby.

The Gil Mayo Mysteries is a humorous mystery show. The program has well written witty dialogue. I is not a typical predictable mystery show. I hope that this... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Based on a popular series of books by Marjorie Eccles, THE GIL MAYO MYSTERIES centers on the fast-paced lifestyle of quirky, charismatic Detective Inspector Gil Mayo (Alistair McGowan), who pulls double-duty as a murder investigator and a devoted single father to his teenage daughter, Julie (Lucy Evans). The series follows Mayo from home to work, where he and his team check out crime scenes and track down clues in a variety of puzzling whodunits. From mysterious bodies turning up dead in suburban gardens to victims who take lifelong secrets to their graves, Mayo and his sidekicks rely on their individual gumshoeing strengths -- and plenty of teamwork -- to eventually point an accusing finger at the guilty party.

Is it any good?

Although the show revolves around murder and much of the characters' time is spent doing detective work, it's impossible to lump The Gil Mayo Mysteries in with modern-day crime dramas. It has a marked lack of violence, and its parallel storylines delve into the personal lives of the characters. Sometimes it really feels more like a romantic comedy than anything else, what with Mayo's constant wisecracks and his playful banter with Jones. That blithe tone means that this is one that families with teens and older tweens can enjoy together.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why crime shows have such staying power on television. What draws viewers to shows about murder and illegal activity? Do you think that the popularity of shows about crime reflect the state of our society -- or does our society become more violent because of what's on television? Do you think these series offer an accurate portrait of detective work? Why or why not? Which series seem the most believable to you? Why? Is it OK to mix comedy with murder? Why or why not?

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