Parents' Guide to

Carter

By Marty Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Police procedural comedy as bland as they come.

TV WGN Drama 2018
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It has a great story to tell hope it has at least 10 seasons, the cast is amazing and just saying Canada is beautiful!!!

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The last decade-plus has been overrun with detective shows where a complete outsider joins up with the police to solve crimes, and Carter doesn't add much to the genre. The twist here is that Harley Carter (Jerry O'Connell) is an actor who is constantly discovering the hard way that there's a huge difference between exciting Hollywood police work and mundane "real life" detection, so there's at least a little bit of meta-commentary on the clichéd setup the show falls into. But the crimes are recycled, the clues are obvious, the characters have no distinguishing characteristics, and the jokes are paper thin.

There's at least some precedent of a show this bland eventually finding its own voice: Psych started out similarly but eventually developed its own unique -- and genuinely funny -- method of storytelling. But the odds of Carter ever becoming anything more than replacement-level television are low.

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