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Chase

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Violent series matches bland name with generic action.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show makes it clear that while the bad guys can run, they can’t hide for long from the members of the U.S. Marshals service, who use skilled detective work and determination to find and capture fugitives who are often "armed and dangerous.”

Positive role models

Annie Frost is just the kind of person you'd want to have chasing down escaped criminals: She's smart, resourceful, tough as nails, and rarely distracted by anything resembling a life outside the job. She may not be a realistic character, but she certainly comes across as heroic.

Violence

Lots of action, including fistfights, shootouts, and some graphic, execution-style killings. Not much blood or gore is shown on screen, but when cameras cut away at the last second, it’s easy to tell what's going on, and some of the sequences are pretty intense.

Sex

Some flirtatious banter.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some bar scenes show people drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this cop show centering on U.S. marshals, as the title makes clear, is all about hunting down fugitives, many of whom are armed and dangerous and definitely don’t want to be back in custody. There’s plenty of frenetic action as the officers run down their quarry, by car, helicopter, and even on foot. There’s also a good bit of violence, including some pretty intense, execution-style shootings. Viewers won’t see much blood on screen, but it’s clear what’s happening and could be too much for younger viewers. After they bring in the bad guys, the team sometimes heads out to the bar to relax with a few drinks.

What's the story?

CHASE starts off with, yep, a heart-pounding chase, as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost (Kelli Giddish) sprints after a fugitive. The pursuit leads them across traffic, through a herd of cows, and finally into a dark sewer, where Frost wrestles a much larger bad guy into submission. This is a lady who always gets her man, and she's at the center of a show that’s all about tracking down bad guys on the run. Cole Hauser co-stars as Frost’s partner, Jimmy Godfrey, and Jesse Metcalfe is Luke Watson, the new guy on the team who's destined to make every rookie mistake so that the veterans can tell him -- and thus the viewers -- what’s going on.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Jerry Bruckheimer produces this police procedural about a team of U.S. marshals in Texas that hunts down the most dangerous bad guys -- so you can expect plenty of excitement ... and not much else. Don’t expect much in the way of character development, or even plots that make sense. Does Texas really have that many deranged escaped killers on the loose? Hopefully not, but the series would be less interesting without a really bad dude to track down every week.

Giddish is fun to watch as a tough girl in cowboy boots, but her role -- like all of the roles -- is pretty narrowly defined. Track, pursue, capture, repeat each week as needed. Yawn.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the show's violence. Does it seem realistic? What impact does it have on you? How does it compare to what you've seen in other cop/action shows?

  • Do you think the marshals' tactics are true to life? How do you think their job has changed now that so much data is available online?

TV details

Cast:Cole Hauser, Jesse Metcalfe, Kelli Giddish
Network:NBC
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byorangetiger June 13, 2011

GREAT!!

What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent of a 14 year old Written bySullysSidekick February 21, 2011

Top Notch Writing

This show is the fastest hour-long series I've seen in a long, long time. It seems it just gets started and then it's coming to a close. Where did that hour go? Each show has never failed to draw me into the action/plot right from the very first scene. The title says it all, but the show has top notch writers that create very imaginative twists and turns so even though each show is about tracking a fugitive (what cop show isn't?), it's never, never the same storyline/plot. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat every single week. My only regret is that it's not on more often. And don't worry about the lady US Marshall, Annie, not being tough enough to be believable. This savvy actress more than proves she's very capable of doing the job. On a scale of 1-10, I give her (and the whole show) an 11.
Teen, 15 years old Written byWriterGurl24 January 30, 2011

Girl Power!

Yes! A good new crime drama! I love it! First and most importantly, this show harnesses some serious girl power. When I first saw the ad, I was worried about a tiny blonde on a cop show, but it's obvious once you watch it, Miss Annie doesn't need any help from her bulky male costars. She kicks butt and takes down the skeevy bad guys relentlessly. A great girl model. The other characters also strive to fight for what's right and also kick butt. I was disappointed to see that the show doesn't get much credit, but it's excited, suspensful, and full of great plot twists. I would definitely reccomend it.
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