The Unusuals

2009 TV-14 1 season

The Unusuals

2009 TV-14 1 season
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Black humor and action blend in this crime drama about a dysfunctional squad of New York homicide detectives who have developed eccentric ways of dealing with the stress that comes from facing off with dangerous criminals every day.
Amber Tamblyn, Jeremy Renner, Adam Goldberg, Harold Perrineau, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Terry Kinney, Kai Lennox, Joshua Close, Ian Kahn, Kevin Cannon
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 2 discs

Former New York City vice cop Casey Shraeger (Amber Tamblyn) is transferred to the homicide division. She thought she had seen it all, but she soon learns that her new co-workers have a quirky means of coping with the dangers of their job. Harold Perrineau, Adam Goldberg and Jeremy Renner co-star in this one-season series from Stephen Hopkins, an Emmy-winning director behind the Showtime hit "Californication."
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although this quirky cop drama stars tween/teen-fave actress Amber Tamblyn, it's not intended for young viewers. While it isn't quite as graphic as shows like CSI, there's frequent sexual innuendo (including references to criminal sexual behavior) and images of scantily dressed women, guns are frequently drawn, and sometimes people get shot (and killed). Images of shooting and stabbing victims are also sometimes shown. Characters drink and use prescription drugs, and there are frequent conversations about illegal narcotics (which are also sometimes shown). Language includes words like "damn" and "bitch."

Sexual Content

Lots of sexual innuendo, plus references to pornography, cross-dressing, solicitation, affairs, and date rape. At least one scene shows Shraeger in a bra/getting dressed. Prostitutes are visible and are sometimes shown in skimpy outfits and soliciting men.


Frequent conversations about violent acts. Suspects are occasionally "roughed up" by detectives. Images of bleeding/bloody shooting and stabbing victims. Guns are frequently visible, and people are shown being shot (sometimes to death), but little blood is shown when that happens. Violence against animals is also discussed.


Language includes words like "damn," "hell," "slut," and "bitch."

Social Behavior

The detectives often use questionable tactics to solve cases, and many characters seem to be hiding a secret past. One character is suicidal, but it's part of his "quirkiness." Shraeger is a strong female but faces a lot of sexist attitudes. The majority of the featured police/detectives are male and Caucasian; Det. Leo Banks is African American. The show's secondary characters are from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. There are references to God, prayer, and being "born again."


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Consumption of alcohol (beer, hard liquor, champagne) and prescription pills. Images of cocaine, and frequent mentions of various illegal narcotics, drug dealers, and drug busts.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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