APB With Troy Dunn

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Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Locating missing folks turns up poignant, sad stories.

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Positive Messages

The show highlights the very personal reasons folks search for long-lost friends, relatives, and others; the positive and negative consequences of these searches also are underscored. The importance of family and finding peace despite loss is emphasized. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Troy Dunn appears sincere in his efforts and expresses concerns about the reasons behind and the consequences of the searches on which he embarks.


Violent accidents, wars, and deaths are discussed within the context of each search.


No sex, but teen pregnancy and related issues are discussed. 


Words such as "hell" are audible. 


The series is a promotional vehicle for Dunn's locator services; in-between segments, his website is advertised. Chevrolet, GMC, and other cars are occasionally visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Backstories include DUI fatalities and drug issues. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that APB with Troy Dunn features lots of poignant stories about finding long-lost loved ones but also touches on mature issues such as teen pregnancy, violent accidents, death, and coping with loss. The language is pretty mild, but sensitive viewers will find some disturbing topics here.

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What's the story?

APB WITH TROY DUNN is a reality series starring The Locator host Troy Dunn as he attempts to find long-lost persons and reunite them with their loved ones. After interviewing the people connected with the missing person, his team researches records, follows paper trails, makes phone calls, and turns to various social-media outlets to find leads and help him locate the missing. Using a new social-media app powered exclusively by the show, Dunn also calls on viewers to help them with ongoing searches. Not every story ends with the desired or happy results, but folks learn things about their loved ones and themselves along the way.

Is it any good?

From finding an older brother given up for adoption to locating a man convicted of killing a father while driving drunk, APB With Troy Dunn offers lots of emotional stories about families and loved ones who were torn apart by difficult (and sometimes tragic) circumstances. It also highlights some of the real consequences -- both positive and negative -- that locating these people can have on the people looking for them. 

As on The Locator, the stories are poignant, but the well-timed scenes of people being given disappointing information or being reintroduced to "found" relatives add to the show's dramatically voyeuristic moments. However, the motivation behind the work being performed here appears both thoughtful and well intentioned. Folks who tune in may find themselves easily caught up in some of the personal journeys featured here. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different reasons people choose to locate people who are missing from their lives. Why do you think the folks featured here chose to appear on-camera to share their journeys? Do you think the reunions and reactions of the folks on the show would be the same if the cameras weren't on

  • How do social media platforms such as Facebook serve as tools for locating missing or long-lost people? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: January 17, 2014
  • Cast: Troy Dunn
  • Network: TNT
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Available on: Streaming
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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