White Collar

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Fun odd-couple crime drama is tamer than you'd expect.

USA Drama 2009

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 46 reviews

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age 16+

Very Creative and has a "National Treasure" Feel

This show was me and my husband's favorite show to watch together! The characters are creative and unique, the story is interesting and fast pace, and the struggles that are presented are usually handled with a very moral approach! I LOVED the marriage portrayed by Peter (FBI agent) and his wife! I would say it was one of the most positive examples of marriage I have ever witnessed on a tv show. The couple genuinely loves each other, is selfless, caring, addresses issues and resolves arguments, and hosts all types of people in their house. Neil faces many moral dilemmas and decisions throughout the show, but because of the influence from Peter and his wife, He usually chooses the high path or regrets the poor choices he makes. Each character in the story has a back story that helps explain their bend towards making certain choices and why that is. I so appreciate that most of the show is full of talks about "doing the right thing", and how persistent Peter is to not label Neil simply because of his past. I would say that most of the show reminds me of National Treasure because of the constant theme throughout the show of treasure hunting or looking for missing persons or art pieces. The plot, while dramatic at times, was very fast pace. Mozi, one of Neil's thief friends, was one of the most unique characters I have encountered as well. The friendships throughout the show are are also generally healthy and sweet. That being said, I cannot simply ignore all of the sexual issues with this show. With Peter and his wife, while I appreciate the positive light their marriage and even sex life was shown in, I could have gone without seeing Elle in a towel by the shower with Peter also in a towel engaged in some playful banter. There are a few other scenes that compromise modesty. Many scenes show the couple in bed unclothed (covered in sheets where all you see is bare shoulders). But for the most part, since the couple is married and mostly covered up, I didn't have an issue with this. However, Neil on the other-hand is another story. I had my husband look away a few episodes while Neil bedded different girls. If it weren't for the positive marriage displayed alongside the playboy, I would not have felt as positively about this show. In Neil's case, most of the girls he beds are rather slutty. Many wear low cut dresses, super tight outfits, and short skirts. While no scene has ever showed Neil engaged in sex, you get the gist pretty well. In most of his scenes, the woman are barely covered, sometimes in bras and underwear, robes, or sheets. But for some reason, a lot more skin is seen when it comes to his interactions. I did NOT appreciate this because my husband and I watched this show together, and I never want to put him in place that would cause him to stumble. Thankfully, you can almost always guess whats about to happen so most of the time I caught it before they started taking off clothes. Another issue I had was the show (we watched all the seasons) is smattered with prostitutes and strip clubs. During one episode, the bad guy works at a strip club so the whole episode centers around that and a bachelor party. In another episode, an FBI agent has to go undercover as a prostitute, and any episode with an art studio involved you will see a mostly naked woman on display for the students or pupils to draw (so be aware of that)...you get the idea. Thankfully, because of the positive messages, and the conversations that Peter has with Neil. Most of the time you don't get the feeling that that kind of lifestyle is promoted. And the prostitutes and strip clubs only came into account because of "bad guys" it was never because the main characters hired prostitutes or went to strip clubs. Overall, I would still recommend this show. It is still fairly clean for being on tv, and has some really positive messages and good discussions smattered throughout! For teenage boys though, as a parent I would always want to view the episode before letting them watch it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
2 people found this helpful.
age 16+

Not clean like people say

White collar has many great episodes sprinkled with nudity, strip clubs, bondage sex pictures, women with next to no coverage up top while seducing a men.. Also, Peter, who is a happily married man wouldn’t be if his wife knew what he does all in a days “work”. I am skipping totally season 3 episodes 5 and 13. Also I am fast forwarding thru season 5 and 6 which IMDB doesn’t say anything about to see what else we will have to skip. If all of this wasn’t in the show it would be fantastic.

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