TV & Streaming Reviews


Crossing Jordan

Jill Hennessy as Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh
Moral Rating: Caution
Primary Audience: Teen to Adult
Genre: Drama
Length: 1 hr.
Starring: Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ken Howard, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Ravi Kapoor, Steve Valentine, Kathryn Hahn | Produced by: Tailwind Productions in association with NBC Studios

Show Synopsis: (from the producer) Jill Hennessy (NBCs "Law & Order") returns to series television starring in this edgy, one-hour drama as Dr. Jordan Cavanaugh, a sexy, brilliant and fearless Boston medical examiner with a checkered career—and a penchant for going beyond the call of duty to investigate crimes.

After striking out in Los Angeles, the headstrong Jordan returns to her Boston hometown and her former job with the Massachusetts State Coroners Office. There she reunites with her ex-cop father, Max (Ken Howard, "The White Shadow"), who's still haunted by the unsolved murder of his wife, who was Jordans mother. This tragic incident shapes Jordans empathy with the voiceless victims she encounters as she channels her inner anger towards piecing together complex murder cases that have been hidden, shoved aside or conveniently forgotten…

viewer comments…
Avoid—I thought this show was good at first, but the last few episodes have gradually become worse and worse. Don't watch it - it has many innuendoes, some sex scenes, and is altogether a waste of time.
Caution—Overall, a decent show. Some episodes though have very worldly views on sex, religion etc. It promotes homosexuality, one of the reasons to question the show. The gory scenes are usually medical in nature or the result of a violent crime. They rarely show a crime being commited. The detective work is a somewhat hokey since its the medical examiner who keeps guessing who did the crime, instead of the police who seem to be idiots half the time.
RTMS, age 27
Comments from young people
Usually Okay—This is a fast-paced show dealing with forensic analysis and the Boston Medical Examiner's office. An engaging cast makes for an enjoyable show. Very similar to CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation". Jill Hennessey as Jordan solves unsolvable crimes.

There is a bit of blood and gore, and occasionally a killer is on the lose, providing highly thematic elements. Surprisingly, this show has steered pretty clear of gratuitous sexuality. For older teens and adults, this show is great- preteens might enjoy it, but should watch with their parents.
Nene, age 17