Parents' Guide to

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Exceptional series based on loved books is great for teens.

TV HBO Drama 2009
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Engaging and Visually Stunning Series

We watched this as a family and looked forward to each new episode. There are references to sex and some slightly disturbing scenes (a scene with a rogue dentist has some blood). Still, the characters and performances are incredibly appealing, and the writing is clever and fun. Plus, the scenery is stunning. Only drawback is it ends on a cliffhanger; it seems the producers believed they would get more seasons out of the show, which it's a shame that they didn't.
age 12+

TV loses Nothing!

This is the perfect example of how characters make the story, not gimmicks, props, weapons, or special effects. The power is in the way the story is written, thanks to McCall Smith. And in the fabulous way the series was cast. My MATURE 11 year old boy LOVED it. Literally laughed out loud and was drawn in by the characters.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

It's always a leap of faith to transfer popular books to the movie or TV screen, since they risk losing a certain artful quality. But nervous fans of Smith's delightful novels can breathe easier knowing that this series has charm to spare and does the books proud. Scott is an absolute delight as the passionate, undaunted Precious, and the supporting players -- each one as talented and appealing as the next -- draw viewers into the rhythms of Botswanan culture.

The episodes' storylines touch on themes that might start fans' wheels turning, including women's struggles to break out of "traditional" working roles, domestic violence, and the repercussions of disease on the African population. Though the show somewhat glosses over some of these serious issues, it's understandable in context of the series' mostly lighthearted nature. Teens and up will enjoy the lyrical dialogue and endearing characters.

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