A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights some of the consequences that youthful offenders face when engaging in irresponsible and/or illegal activity.
Positive Role Models
The police officers try to offer brief guidance to the detained youth. The people arrested are often silly and/or violent.
Violence & Scariness
People are arrested for drunken brawls. Some of those arrested push, kick, and/or punch the camera/camera person. Some are subdued by mace sprayed in the face; others are pulled to the ground and tied by police officers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some young female offenders wear cleavage-revealing and/or tight-fitting clothing.
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Frequent curses, like "f--k," are bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most of the offenders are drunk and underage. Several are arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this docuseries shows young people getting arrested for mostly alcohol-induced crimes, it portrays what happens to them in a light/humorous way, which doesn't drive home any type of "scared straight" message. There's lots of bleeped profanity, as well as scenes of drunken arguing and physical assaults. Police officers are shown subduing angry perpetrators using mace and other physical tactics, but they're also shown trying to be sensitive to the young offenders and offering them guidance.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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