A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Trying cases is complicated, not always about right and wrong.
Positive Role Models
The team wants justice, are sometimes motivated by other things.
Violence & Scariness
Murders, arson, and police brutality are addressed Guns, drive-by shootings, other acts visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extramarital affairs, sexual behavior occasionally discussed.
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"Hell," "damn," "bitch," "prick."
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Products & Purchases
References to Facebook, Tumblr; iPads, iPhones visible (but no logos).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking sometimes visible; underage drinking, smoking, drug use discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Chicago Justice, an installment of Dick Wolf's series of shows set in Chicago, is a legal procedural. It features mature themes ranging from disturbing criminal investigations to extramarital affairs. Shootings, arson, and other brutal events are discussed, and guns and gunfire occasionally make appearances. Sexual behavior is sometimes discussed, as are smoking, drug use, and drinking. References to products such as iPads, social media sites such as Facebook, and other companies are consistent.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining but pretty predictable legal procedural offers all the twists and turns expected from a Dick Wolf series. It follows the Law & Order formula to a T. Appearances by other L&O franchise veterans such as Tovah Feldshuh and Richard Brooks add to the familiar feeling.
Its Chicago setting is clear and includes stories that reveal some of the city's social and political challenges, including street violence and allegations of police brutality. A few of the cast's personal histories add depth, but these storylines are woven into the fabric of the proceedings without overshadowing them. It's also fun to see old-timers such as Ben Stone (played by Michael Moriarty) back on the scene. All in all, Chicago Justice does exactly what you expect it to do but manages to do it well.
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