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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that that Cajun Justice features law enforcement doing their job in the Louisiana Bayou, which means lots of discussions about violent criminals and drugs, and deputies are often shown drawing their guns or chasing down criminals. Some folks may find what they see here a bit stereotypical, especially when it references alligator attacks, black magic ceremonies, and regional folklore. The language can get salty ("piss," "bitch"; stronger words bleeped), and people are sometimes shown smoking cigarettes.
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What's the story?
CAJUN JUSTICE is a reality series that follows the work of Sheriff Vernon Bourgeois and the deputies of the Louisiana Bayou's Terrebonne Parish. Cameras follow Bourgeois and his deputies, including Paul "Highlights" Thibodeaux, Jacob "Funkynuts" Fonseca, Justin "Vegan" Herbert, and Storm Fitch as they follow up on theft reports, investigate strange swamp sightings, and chase down dangerous criminals. Also working with the team is former Massachusetts-native Deputy Melissa "Catfish" Quintal, who often finds herself having to be extra tough in order to hold her own in the male-dominated field. There's never a dull moment, but the sheriff and his department work hard to serve their community and keep its residents safe.
Is it any good?
From chasing drug dealers to run-ins with paranormal investigators, the unique situations of this series documents what Southern Louisiana law enforcement must contend with as a result of the economic challenges and cultural traditions of the region. It also shows how law enforcement must balance their role with the ways the close-knit communities of this parish pursue their own justice.
While it features the typical fan fare of most reality cop shows, Cajun Justice is surprisingly entertaining. The characters, while serious about their work, appear positive and sensitive to their community's needs rather than flexing their muscle for the camera. Some of the calls they get, and the people they deal with, also lead to the occasional chuckle. If you like this this sort of thing, you will definitely find it worth the watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Louisiana is often featured in reality shows. Is it their unique law enforcement system? The geography of the region? The residents and their cultures? Are there other reasons or incentives to produce them?
Do you think reality programs like these highlight the best and most interesting characteristics of a place? Or do they rely on generalizations and stereotypes to make them entertaining for a mass audience?