A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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