A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows what happens if you break the law from police officers' points of view.
Positive Role Models
The officers usually act admirably, but sometimes they seem to be showing off for the cameras. Suspects are seen engaging in allegedly criminal or socially inappropriate acts. The majority of suspects are from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of domestic violence. Fights, stabbings, robberies, car chases, etc. Sometimes the officers use lots of force, and suspects occasionally fight back.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Suspects are sometimes naked (their bodies are blurred). Officers often arrest prostitutes.
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Lots of profanity, with the worst bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol and drugs play a role in many of the crimes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this show isn't suitable for kids. While it's interesting to see the types of calls that officers respond to, most of the footage is graphic and violent. Many of the calls involve prostitution, domestic violence, fights, robberies, and drug deals. Suspects sometimes fight back, which can be scary. Sometimes the cops use a lot of force, which can be upsetting. Suspects often use profanity, with the strongest words bleeped.
Is It Any Good?
Much of the show's appeal comes from getting a peek into the daily life of a police officer. However, the glimpse we're given isn't appropriate for kids. The calls that are chosen for each episode are selected for their shock value, and it's hard not to be shocked by much of the footage: drunken brawls, domestic arguments, and armed criminals that fight back. Also, at times it seems that both the suspects and the officers are performing for the cameras, so it's hard to tell how "real" these scenes are.
Crime scenes can be bloody, and suspects and officers often get seriously injured. A recent episode, for example, featured an armed suspect on the run, a bloody trailer-park brawl, and a domestic violence call. Unless your teen is considering a career in law enforcement, there doesn't seem to be much reason to expose your kids to this show.
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