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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Police docu has iffy content, but lacks edge.

TV MTV Reality TV 2008
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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.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 18, 2008
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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