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The series focuses on the importance of courage and perseverance in the face of staunch opposition against justice.
Positive Role Models
June Lenker (Cush Jumbo) is adamant about helping the anonymous woman who called for help. She shows courage and perseverance as she finds out the truth about a conviction that might be a racially motivated plot. Even though she faces tough opposition, June keeps going to get justice and protection for those wronged.
The series focuses exclusively on racial divides within British culture and addresses these issues via a case with a potentially wrongful conviction. The series focuses on racial stereotypes, microagressions, and how it feels for Black people to experience these issues on a constant basis. Cush Jumbo leads the cast as a biracial Black character who must manage her emotions and feelings while dealing with racism and even microaggressions from her family. The series also features several Black and South Asian actors playing characters who are well-rounded and intricately written. The production team is somewhat less diverse -- the creator is a White man; a director is Black and a couple writers are people of color.
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Violence & Scariness
Descriptions of domestic abuse, violence.
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Swear words ("f--k," "bulls--t"), phrases with racial connotations such as "poor man's O.J.," which Daniel Hegarty (Peter Capaldi) uses when referencing character Errol Mathis (Tom Moutchi), a Black man he put behind bars. Exclamatory use of God ("for God's sake").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Criminal Justice is a British procedural drama that follows a biracial Black woman who investigates the truth about a Black man's conviction; a White detective over the case is trying to stop her at every turn. The series has instances of swear words and phrases with racial context ("f--k," "bulls--t," "poor man's O.J."). The series highlights the importance of courage and perseverance.
Is It Any Good?
This is an immediately engaging crime drama that will hit the comfort zone for any fans of British procedural dramas. In Criminal Record Jumbo shines in the leading role as June Lenker, a biracial woman who is caught between her White environment -- including her mother (Zoe Wanamaker), husband, and superiors -- and her experience within Blackness. The crime itself is one that tries her patience as she contends with microaggressions and the broader racism that has altered the perceptions of the facts. Capaldi is also great as the cunning police detective Daniel Hegarty, who's as layered as he is deceptive.
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