A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most of those who get arrested show little remorse for what they've done and often blame the arresting officer for their troubles.
Violence & Scariness
People occasionally get busted for being involved in fights. Suspects are seen running and/or resisting arrest; police officers are shown chasing, pushing, and Tasering suspects. The majority of the suspects are Caucasian; police officers are from various racial/ethnic backgrounds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to criminal solicitation (prostitution).
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Audible language includes words like "hell." Expletives like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reenactments of people (including some who are underage) drinking and smoking at parties. Suspects are sometimes extremely intoxicated. Potential for episodes related to drug use/dealing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series includes actual footage of men and women under the age of 25 getting stopped, cited, and arrested by police officers. Those who were busted offer their own interpretation of events, often failing to take responsibility for their actions. Expect some salty language (though the strongest curse words are bleeped out), occasional violent behavior, reenactments that include smoking and drinking (some by people who are underage), and some discussions about issues like prostitution.
Is It Any Good?
The show -- which claims that 4 million young people are busted by law enforcement every year -- tries to offer a hip, edgy look at both sides of these police stories. Unfortunately, what it actually does is spotlight some of the dumb, often dangerous things people do without taking responsibility for them. Most of the young people featured in Busted complain endlessly about how unfairly the police treated them, even blaming others for the things they did wrong. Others seem simply clueless about how much danger they put themselves and others in with reckless behavior like driving while heavily intoxicated and forcing police officers to chase them.
Busted isn't particularly thought provoking or interesting, unless you're a connoisseur of this kind of show. It isn't as gritty as Cops or other more adult-oriented police reality shows, but it has enough iffy content -- from strong language to occasional violent behavior -- that it's not age-appropriate for younger viewers, either.
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