A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Police officers try to maintain order and protect students from potentially harmful situations, but the show's real focus is on the inappropriate (and sometimes illegal) behavior exhibited by college students.
Positive Role Models
Students are shown making poor choices, mouthing off at police officers, and engaging in other disrespectful behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Police officers are frequently shown making arrests; some suspects don't cooperate and resist/get belligerent. Campus police often monitor public protests on campuses to diffuse potentially violent confrontations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female students often wear tight/fairly revealing clothes (though no nudity is shown).
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Frequent uses of curse words like "a--hole," "s--t," and "f--k" are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Police officers frequntly break up beer bashes and make marijuana busts. Students (particularly the female ones) are seen engaging in lots of drunken behavior and at times pass out. Underage drinking is discussed/visible. Students are also sometimes shown smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this COPS-esque reality series about police officers who patrol various American college campuses frequently shows students (many underage) drinking, smoking, and partying. Some female students are also shown flaunting their cleavage and/or engaging in sexually provocative behavior (though there's no nudity). Although the show isn't too violent, officers do make arrests and often have to diffuse tense situations. Drug use, drunk driving, and other inappropriate behavior are also discussed. If your teens do end up watching, be sure to join them so you can talk about the featured students' choices and challenges.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, Campus PD's appeal -- such that it is -- comes from seeing college students take their partying too far rather than from watching the officers do their job. It isn't as violent as police docs like COPS or Street Patrol, but it does feature young people being arrested for a variety of criminal activities, ranging from drunk driving to drug possession.
Some people may like this voyeuristic glimpse at college life, but overall the show sends confusing messages about what life in college is all about. The endless scenes of young adults partying, getting drunk, and arguing with police officers may also make viewers wonder whether these students actually have any time left for studying.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.