Parents' Guide to

City Confidential

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Overdramatic docuseries looks at urban crimes.

TV A&E Reality TV 1998
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Because City Confidential attempts to be both entertaining and informative without damaging the reputation of the featured cities, it isn't particularly thought-provoking. And it often seems a bit contrived when the crimes are introduced as local secrets -- when, in fact, many of the cases have received national attention. As a result, the narrative is a bit overdramatic, taking away from the true tragedy that occurred when these crimes were committed.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 7, 1998
  • Cast: Paul Winfield
  • Network: A&E
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 26, 2023

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