‘NCIS’: Why Some Parents Have Concerns About Letting Their Kids Watch Show

by Michael Freeman

The subject matter and scenes on NCIS are typically pretty tame, but can sometimes become a bit gruesome. That, among other reasons, has some parents concerned about their children watching the show.

With its early time slot and sometimes brutal imagery, parents are beginning to voice concerns about the current rating NCIS has. The show currently has a TV 14 rating. According to official tv guidelines, parents should exercise greater care supervising children with programs of this rating. Additionally, the show may contain intensely suggestive dialogue, strong coarse language, intense sexual situations, or intense violence. It also debuts on television in a relatively early time slot, making it easier for younger children to watch.

NCIS often jumps between material suited for a PG or 14 rating, but some parents feel it should be higher. Common Sense Media is a website where people can review movies and shows for kids before they watch. This allows parents and educators to make informed decisions regarding what children view. Some commenters there for NCIS are parents and suggest the rating should be higher.

“The original NCIS series is a fantastic crime drama with great character role models throughout the series,” the review begins. “However the series is not for children and young teens under 18 because of intense bloody violence with plenty of gore. Shootings, stabbings, bombings, and torture are all common crimes in the series.”

Another adds the show is fine for those above 17 and noted it contained “positive role models.”

Regardless, some say the show is appropriate for those under the age of 10. Cumulatively, parents and kids both say on the website NCIS is appropriate for 12-year-olds to view. This puts it about in the middle of the mentioned PG and 14 ratings.

Chris O’Donnell From ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Talks About How His Father Taught Him to Be a Dad

Along the lines of parents and NCIS, it should serve as no surprise learning many of the actors on the different shows are parents. Chris O’Donnell from NCIS: Los Angeles recently talked about what his own father taught him about being a dad.

Featured in a Redbook article, O’Donnell opened up about fatherhood and his mentality regarding it. “I think it’s easiest to teach by example. My dad didn’t tell us to work hard; we just saw how hard he worked,” he began. “I know I have shortcomings — like a short fuse — but I’ve learned you can’t come home from a long day of work and snap at the kids. Caroline is really laid-back, so she’s helped me with that. I’m lucky. I think we balance each other out.”

One can’t help but wonder if he lets his own kids watch the show. Then again, he has five of them and they’re all rather young, but who knows.