Angie Tribeca

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Clever, broad cop-show spoof has cursing, off-color jokes.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's too silly for real moral messages, but Angie and team are on the side of justice. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tribeca, a strong woman in power, is a role model at times. As a police officer she is intrepid but may do unorthodox things when pursuing a case. 

Violence

Copious goofy violence. Angie Tribeca wears and points a variety of guns and outlandish weapons such as crossbows. Men engage in fisticuffs and "titty twisters."

Sex

Jokes about penises, STDs, and yeast infections. References to infidelity. Many visual off-color jokes, such as a drawing of a naked woman with "boobs" and an arrow. Men and women are seen naked from the rear, with their buttocks blurred. 

Language

Cursing: "ass," "s--t." 

Consumerism

Product placement including at one moment the website of a car manufacturer in large letters at the bottom of the screen. References to social media: LinkedIn, Facebook. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A woman smokes an e-cigarette on-screen. 

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byValerieGrace March 21, 2016

Not really worth it...

Has a funny taste to it, but highly inappropriate (especially for children).
Parent of a 7 year old Written byBarbara H. November 5, 2016
Teen, 14 years old Written byfoxmalmage13 May 7, 2016

Pretty funny

A pretty funny show that pokes fun at cop dramas.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Police-show spoofs are relatively common on television: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Reno 911!, Archer. What is it about police shows that make them attractive to parodists?

  • Why don't the actors on Angie Tribeca laugh at the jokes? Is satire often put forth straight-faced? Why? 

TV details

For kids who love comedy

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