Bluff City Law

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Solid law drama addresses social justice, family issues.

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Positive Messages

Family is a major theme. So is getting social and legal justice for those who deserve it, and the ability to work within the legal system to get it. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sydney and Elijah Strait are a lot alike, including being stubborn, strong, natural leaders, and excellent attorneys. Their relationship is not an easy one, but they are trying. They are passionate about helping their clients. 


Cases involve cancer deaths, murders, other violent events. The death of parents is discussed. Yelling and arguing is common. 


Lots of strong sexual innuendo. Episodes feature discussions about things like infidelity, hiring sex workers, STDs, failed marriages.  


"Hell" and "damn." 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A good amount of drinking (beer, mixed drinks, hard liquor) during quiet moments in the office and home, as well as in bars and clubs. 

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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For kids who love mysteries

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