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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bluff City Law is a legal procedural that mixes dysfunctional family dynamics with social justice issues. There's lots of sexual innuendo, including conversations about infidelity. Drinking and arguing are frequent, too. The death of a parent is a key theme, and many of the cases involve difficult situations, like cancer-related deaths, alleged murders of young people, and other issues that some may find disturbing.
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What's the story?
BLUFF CITY LAW is a legal procedural about an elite group of Memphis, Tennessee, lawyers specializing in controversial landmark civil rights cases. After corporate attorney Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee) suddenly loses her mother, she agrees to rejoin her father, Elijah (Jimmy Smits), at his elite law firm, where her mother also used to work. She quickly finds herself immersed in some challenging cases, alongside team members like Jake Reilly (Barry Sloane), Anthony Little (Michael Luwoye), Della Bedford (Jayne Atkinson), and quirky, young Emerson (Stony Blyden). But Sydney and Elijah must find a way to understand, and learn, from each other, if they want to continue to try to change the world for the better.
Is it any good?
This series mixes legal machinations with dysfunctional family dynamics to create a complicated but entertaining story. The professional conversations in and outside of the courtroom focus on the importance of obtaining legal and social justice for those who are victimized by corruption of the corporate elite -- juxtaposed against the imperfections of Sydney and her father, both of whom have made personal choices over the years that have caused a lot of pain to the people closest to them. These conflicts are interesting, but Bluff City Law still offers all the expected twists and turns of a solid legal procedural while still managing enough drama to give it a soapy edge for those looking for something with slightly more heart.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what it means to have your civil rights violated in the United States. Even if these types of lawsuits are hard to win, why is it important for lawyers to take on these cases?
Are the cases tried in Bluff City Law based on real events? Or are they fictional? How can we know?
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