A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The bounty hunters chase defendants, but are driven by money rather than justice.
Positive Role Models
Bounty hunters are male and female, from various walks of life, and have backgrounds in different professions, including the military, teaching, and modeling. Most are clearly motivated by the desire to win or gain money.
Violence & Scariness
Bounty hunters carry guns and mallets, which are often drawn when chasing down fugitives. Captures often require the teams to break down doors, tackle defendants, etc. Some defendants are wanted for gang activity, theft, and violent acts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few defendants are wanted on prostitution charges. In one episode, a search reveals genital enhancement items, the use of which is discussed in detail.
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Words like "pissed" and "ass" are audible. Stronger words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Jeff Stanley is the owner of Bad Boys Bail Bonds. GMC trucks and other vehicles visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some defendants are wanted for drug possession and other drug-related crimes. A few briefly talk about their addiction. Alcohol bottles, cigarettes, and drug paraphernalia are occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bounty Wars features teams of bounty hunters chasing fugitives in order win a major cash prize. Not surprisingly, guns are frequently visible, and searches and captures lead to threats of violence, broken doors, chases, and the discovery of alcohol and drug paraphernalia. The vocab is salty ("s--t," "f--k" bleeped), too. There is some discussion of crimes relating to illegal drugs, prostitution, theft, and robbery, but the show is more about winning money than catching alleged bad guys.
Is It Any Good?
The series offers a look at the different ways bounty hunters search for and capture defendants in order to collect a percentage of the bounty that is earned as a result of the arrest. To make it more interesting, details about some of the team members' personal lives are revealed, and limited details about the defendants' backgrounds are discussed.
The activities featured here are motivated by greed rather than justice, something that is most apparent when a team is minutes away from seizing a wanted criminal and then walks away because the game is over. Nonetheless, fans of crime fighting shows will still find it voyeuristically entertaining.
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