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What 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.
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What's the story?
Another installment of Dick Wolf's Chicago franchise, CHICAGO JUSTICE is a legal drama about a team of Chicago attorneys from the Special Prosecutions Bureau committed to resolving high-profile, complex cases. Deputy Chief Peter Stone (Philip Winchester), the son of former New York Assistant Attorney Ben Stone, heads up the team, including Assistant State Attorney Anna Valdez (Monica Barbaro) and State's Attorney investigator Laura Nagel (Joelle Carter). Also working with them is Chief Investigative Detective Antonio Dawson (Jon Seda). Overseeing it all is Cook County's State's Attorney Mark Jefferies (Carl Weathers), who continually reminds Stone of how politicized their work really is.
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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Families can talk about legal shows such as Chicago Justice. What makes them appealing? Do you think they really represent what investigating cases and bringing them to trial is really like? Why, or why not?
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