CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Show Synopsis: (from Ken James) CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION focuses on the Las Vegas police department's graveyard shift case workers: Gil Grissom (head of the shift with the most experience of any of the workers), Catherine Willows, Nick Stokes, Sara Sidle, Warrick Brown, and Jim Brass. Usually the group handles a few different cases at once, trying to determine just how, why and by whom the victims were killed, or if their death was accidental.
Caution—This is a terrific drama, best yet in fact! But there are some really graphic scenes with headless bodies plus scenes where the camera goes into the victim's wounds… but other than that it is a very well made drama!
Usually OK—The best show on T.V.! The graphic nature of the show is as true to the real thing as it gets. Blood, wounds and criminal behaviour are a part of everyday life…
Sexual Content: The Nov. 15, 2001 airing of “CSI” had the most sexual content of any of the shows so far. This episode featured a murder within a sadomasochistic sex club, with the inner-workings of the club depicted to some degree for viewers. The dead body, an ever-present ingredient, showed more skin then usual too (including a breast-with-nipple shot). This episode would get into the “Avoid” category, though the rest of the series still seems to fit within the "Take Caution" warning.
Caution—Though we first thought CSI was great and watched it every week, we are backing off from our initial enthusiasm. Graphic pictures of wounds and dead people have turned our stomachs. Then the episode about the brothel, with nudity and sexual abuse pictured, changed our minds completely. By the end of that episode, the madam of the brothel was being favorably compared to the main character, a mom just making a living and doing her best. We have stopped watching.
Usually OK—I enjoy any and all shows about forensics. I have not to date been offended by any of the shows since the series started. I have 3 children; 14, 12 & 6. The oldest one I would allow to watch the show, but he is not interested. My middle child is a girl and has watched it with both my husband & I and was not bothered by it at all - because it's REAL LIFE. I would NOT allow my youngest boy to watch it because he is too young to see death in the manner that it is portrayed on this show. Although real/true to life - he doesn't need to know that yet at 6 yrs old. The only thing I would ask in the future of the show; in reference to the breast/nipple shot, is in the beginning where they tell you "due to graphic language…" I wish they would have put "brief nudity" on that episode. I will continue to watch CSI until it goes off the air.
Usually OK—Although children would not understand most of what goes on in this show, it is a great one for you law enforcement watchers. I have had no problem with any episodes yet. They are all very interesting and insightful. But as for anything watch it for yourself and decide.
Caution—An intriguing show that usually throws me for a few loops before the mystery is solved. This is a police drama with a twist: it showcases the Crime Scene Investigation unit that tries to figure out how someone died. In most shows, there is somewhat graphic displays of wounds up close and personal (sometimes too much).
"…stomach-churning shock value…spoken out against rape, drug abuse, domestic violence, incest and violent crime…ugly, exploitative, gross, disrespectful of the dead…"
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