By Will Wade,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Violent series matches bland name with generic action.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirtatious banter.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some bar scenes show people drinking.
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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?
- Premiere date: September 20, 2010
- Cast: Cole Hauser, Jesse Metcalfe, Kelli Giddish
- Network: NBC
- Genre: Drama
- TV rating: TV-14
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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