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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Youth offender series teaches only lightweight lessons.

TV MTV Reality TV 2011
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Cuff'd gives viewers a chance to see a little bit of what happens when someone is arrested for breaking the law. But while it attempts to serve as a cautionary tale to young people, if often misses the mark. Most of what's shown is the drunken (and sometimes violent) behavior of the people being arrested, much of which seems intended to draw laughs.

Officers do talk to the young people sitting in their back seats, sometimes trying to create teachable moments. But these scenes are brief and are usually overshadowed by the dramatic reactions and/or ridiculous behavior of those being arrested. Some viewers might be steered away from following in the perps' footsteps after watching, but ultimately this show is more entertaining than informative.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: August 29, 2011
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 26, 2023

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