Parents' Guide to

The New Detectives

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Science helps solve crimes in so-so docudrama.

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One notable thing about The New Detectives is its inclusion of the real investigators in the reenactments. Some might think that this adds to the dramatization's realistic quality, while others might be distracted by the knowledge that the investigators are replaying their actions alongside hired actors. (Speaking of dramatizations, while reenactments tend to be corny in general, these are particularly bad.) But The New Detectives is much less glossy that its dramatic counterpart CSI, so for teens enamored with the sexy portrayal of criminal investigators, this might be the reality check they need. Tweens and younger kids should definitely stay away.

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