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Battle Creek

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Odd-couple cops deliver laughs and drama, with some blood.

TV CBS Drama 2015
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Hard to define but ultimately easy to love, Battle Creek is one part police procedural and one part lighthearted buddy comedy, a mash-up of genres spun from the minds of Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and David Shore (House). On the surface, it's a setup we've seen plenty of times before, pairing two cops at opposite ends of the spectrum and forcing them to work together -- or not. But Battle Creek transcends that familiar formula by injecting laughs -- and a surprising amount of heart -- into the equation.

Kids likely won't be drawn to Battle Creek, but if they are it wouldn't be the worst place for them to spend an hour. After all, in addition to likable leads and a quirky ensemble (including Oscar nominee Janet McTeer, plus Kal Penn of the Harold and Kumar franchise), the series also boasts some unexpectedly thoughtful themes, such as how a flagging economy affects local crime and police funding and whether the high-tech gadgetry seen on shows such as CSI is the only way to get the job done.

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