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Bulletproof

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Bland Brit cop comedy is comfort TV with an accent, cursing.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The protagonists are flawed but deal with complex issues in responsible, compassionate ways.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the main characters are played by persons of color in non-stereotypical roles. However, criminals are often stereotyped groups (Eastern Europeans, Muslims, etc.) 

Violence

A lot of car chases and shootouts. The show often cuts away from direct violence.

Sex

There are some adult relationship themes, but no simulated sex or specific sex talk. The detectives do investigate a ring of sex traffickers in one episode.

Language

The f-word, "s--t," "damn," "hell," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink frequently. There's no drug use or smoking. The detectives do investigate drug dealers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bulletproof is a British buddy cop drama; a pretty standard issue police procedural with some light comedic touches. There are shootouts and car chases in many episodes, and the main characters frequently use profanity including "s--t" and "f--k." Crimes include drug trafficking and human trafficking, but actual drug use and sexual content on the show is minimal.

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What's the story?

In BULLETPROOF, Aaron Bishop (Noel Clarke) and Ronnie Pike (Ashley Walters) are friends and partners at the National Crime Agency in London, where they deal with organized crime, including drug trafficking and human trafficking.

Is it any good?

This series doesn't bring much excitement to the buddy-cop-show table; that said, television is absolutely inundated with police shows, so it's difficult to stand out. The plots are routine, the characters are nondescript, and, though the show seems like it's supposed to succeed on the low key comedic charm of the two main characters, doesn't deliver much in the way of actual comedy. It's almost like Bulletproof is meant to only be half-watched; in that way, it actually does have a lot in common with plenty of other TV procedurals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Bishop and Pike. What is their friendship like on Bulletproof? How does it inform their partnership? Do you think they work well together? 

  • What differences do you notice between the British police system and the American police system? Does this clue you in on any potential cultural differences between England and America?

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