A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Working together in spite of big differences is a major theme, and crimes are solved by the end of every episode. The show also explores how an economic downturn can effect regional crime and whether high-tech or old-school crime-solving techniques yield better results.
Positive Role Models
Russ and Milt don't typically agree, but they're willing to work together for the betterment of Battle Creek.
Violence & Scariness
Punching, kicking, shoot-outs; crime scenes show dead bodies and blood, but the cameras don't dwell on the gory details.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Light sexual tension between characters, on the level of flirtation.
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Audible words include "ass" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some cases concern the illegal drug trade; social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Battle Creek is a police procedural with a twist: There's a little light comedy involved. But in spite of some laughs, the show still treats homicide cases seriously, showing the dead bodies, blood, and shoot-outs you'd expect to see on other crime shows. Characters make jokes about drug use and rape, and words such as "ass" and "hell" are audible. A few cases also revolve around the illegal drug trade, and some characters drink socially.
Is It Any Good?
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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