Cajun Justice

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Cops contend with peculiar characters, drug dealers, etc.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The series highlights the high-level of power and responsibility sheriffs have in Louisiana, as well as the range of different issues they confront in the Bayou's Terrebone Parish.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The sheriff and his deputies attempt to uphold the law in the parish while still being sensitive to the community's traditions. Some of the residents featured on the show reflect common generalizations about the people living in the Bayou.
 

Violence

Shotguns, rifles, and bullets are visible (and sometimes fired); neighbors sometimes threaten to shoot each other. Alleged criminals are shown chased by humans and dogs, forced to the ground, and handcuffed. Dead carcasses and other potentially disturbing voodoo-related items visible. Complaints include alligator attacks and require removal of the animal.

Sex

Occasionally a cast member is shown hugging or lightly kissing his/her romantic partner while off duty.

Language

Words like "damn," "pissed," and "bitch" are frequent; curses like "s--t" are bleeped.

Consumerism

The sheriff drives a Maserati confiscated from a drug dealer; seized properties include cars like Camaros. Dodge pick up trucks and other vehicle logos occasional referenced and/or visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Conversations about and the search for violent drug dealers are common. Alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking is visible.

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.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bycwgolden June 28, 2012

Cajun Justice horrible example

I live here, and this show is entirely fake. They get people to play the parts of the Cajun people, and have spent a lot of our tax dollars and even wrecked a c... Continue reading
Adult Written bydootsie July 14, 2012

Puleeez! Get REAL!

I suppose you could call this show "entertaining" to a point, but that's about it. The primary reason I've marked "not for kids" i... Continue reading

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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?

TV details

For kids who love reality shows

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