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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Messages have to do with the justice system and how the law should be applied fairly to everyone.
Positive Role Models
An incredibly diverse cast. The show avoids stereotypes but doesn't always acknowledge cultural difference in its characters.
Violence & Scariness
The show takes place within the criminal justice system and features a range of violent acts and crimes in each episode, including shootings, unhinged people, and attacks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The show features romantic relationships and may sometimes include crimes of a sexual nature.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink socially.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All Rise is a courtroom drama about a newly promoted judge. The progressive Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) is willing to bend protocol to ensure that justice is administered fairly, and she's assisted by other characters who work in the court building, including lawyers, clerks, and senior officials. Each week features new cases, so there's a wide range of crimes featured on the show, some played for comedy, others more serious and containing violent acts.
Is It Any Good?
While certainly well-intentioned, this series consistently undermines and trivializes its messages of social equality by using hot-button issues in melodramatic ways. In the first episode of All Rise, for example, a courtroom is held hostage by a bigoted man having a breakdown, but other characters don't seem to be upset by it at all, making the event feel manufactured and exploitative. Additionally, the main character, Judge Carmichael, is presented as a flawless hero who breaks protocol (not to mention the law itself) to ensure that justice is applied fairly to those that enter her courtroom -- but assuming that a single person can always understand who's actually innocent and who is guilty is pretty much the opposite of what actually makes the court system work.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.