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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Angie Tribeca is a funny spoof of police shows starring Rashida Jones of Parks & Recreation fame. Overall the show's mood is absurd and silly, but guns are frequently shown, pointed at suspects, and fired. Cartoonish violence includes a police officer engaging in fisticuffs and "titty twisters" with a suspect, references to murder and injuries, and dead bodies on-screen. Expect cursing ("ass" and "s--t"), and a woman smokes an e-cigarette. There are many rude visual jokes, such as a man and woman in clothing that exposes their (blurred) backsides, plus jokes about genitalia and other body parts, STDs, prostitution, and infidelity. Blatant product placement includes the URL of an auto maker displayed on-screen.
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What's the story?
In Los Angeles, the streets are gritty and the criminals even grittier. But they don't make cops tougher than ANGIE TRIBECA (Rashida Jones), who's packing heat and ready for action in this absurd spoof of police procedurals. Tribeca's a rising star on the Really Heinous Crime Unit, where -- aside from assorted terrible crimes -- everything's just about perfect. That is, until her uptight boss Lieutenant Chet Atkins (Jere Burns) assigns her a rookie new partner, J. Geils (Hayes MacArthur). Working with a partner slows Tribeca down -- not the least because she's experiencing sudden new feelings for him. With Atkins on her tail and her whole unit watching, will Tribeca be able to foil the bad guys, bring criminals to justice, and keep from falling in love?
Is it any good?
Spoofing police procedurals is hardly a new idea, but this show's joke-a-minute approach yields fruit (and laughs), anchored as it is by sharp actors, good writing, and a parade of guest stars. Bill Murray! Gary Cole! Lisa Kudrow! The guest-star wattage can probably be attributed to the fact that Angie is exec-produced by Steve Carell and wife Nancy, who are also on writing duty. And they are funny, particularly with bold visual gags, Naked Gun-style. For example, the show opens with a montage of Angie working out, which escalates to knife throwing, which escalates to a shower with chin-ups on the bar and a towel fight with the objects on her bathroom counters. A sign later informs us that the coroner's office has a gift shop; one of the technical instruments in the coroner's office is a toy claw machine. The show also takes gleeful aim at cop-show tropes, as when Alfred Molina divines from a suspect's blackmail note that he has no respect for authority and is in desperate need of money. The light mood makes this good all-family fare, particularly for families with teens who enjoy goofy satire.
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