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When it comes to family friendly, clean entertainment that's also suspenseful, funny and a little romantic, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye is at the top of the list! It's so great, I will admit to totally binge-watching it. And you should, too!
I'm not going to lie: I'm usually behind current trends, so this tv series may not be new to some of you. But when I found it, I felt like I hit the jackpot!
(Warning/Spoiler Alert: The pilot episode is pretty darn lame. PLEASE don't judge this great series by the pilot! Also, this show came out about a year or so, post 9/11. Terrorism and associated groups are a common theme. Our national conversation about terrorism has changed over the years, so just be aware of that going in. I think it's actually pretty fascinating to compare the language we used then compared to now.)
Why I Like Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye
Oh, good heavens. Let me count the reasons:
1. Based on a true story, the heroine of this show is a deaf F.B.I. agent. It shows her struggles, how she overcomes them, and also gives us a glimpse of how rude, callous or accidentally thoughtless people can sometimes be to those who have physical disabilities. It also shows how cool and talented these differently-abled people are!
2. The main characters have all sorts of relationships: This is huge for me. Have you ever noticed that many popular shows rarely have their main characters with any relationship outside of their love interest or co-workers? This show has parents, grandparents, friendly children, the cute old guy who fixes their car. . . I love this.
3. The supporting characters are lovable, irritating and hilarious all at the same time. SUCH a great supporting cast. I seriously can't pick a favorite.
4. This show tackles real issues in a mature way: Distance in a marriage, addiction, a mother who wants to control you, a loved one with Alzheimer's. . . I was pleasantly surprised at the "realness" it showed in relationships and the healthy, positive way these issues were handled. There is excellent relationship modeling in this show.
5. The slow burn romance of Jack and Sue: (Sigh) No jumping in bed the first time hormones flicker in this show! Actually, there is no jumping in bed at at all. These two have respect for themselves, each other, and a relationship beyond romance. (Though to be honest, I would have been ok if they would have turned it up just a notch!)
6. Even though this is a crime drama, it's not nearly as dark as most shows in this genre. The episodes are intense, and there is some violence. But only one episode of the entire series felt "creepy" (Season 3, episode 7: "Simon Says"). Infidelity is mentioned only occasionally, and never glorified. It's pretty tame without feeling lame. Does that make sense? That said, it doesn't have any unicorns and flowers. It's still a crime show.
7. There was no swearing that I can remember in the entire series! Sue also occasionally encourages people to believe and trust in God.
8. If you are a dog lover (I'm not), you'll also enjoy Sue's service dog, Levi. He is definitely a supporting actor in the series.
I'm not sure I have ever found a series that is suspenseful enough to make my kids feel like they are watching something "cool" and that still delivers everything I listed above. I feel completely comfortable letting my teens watch this show.
Where to Find This Series
At the time of this writing, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye can be streamed at:
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