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By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Intense ride-along glamorizes a very tough job.

TV Spike Reality TV 2008
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age 15+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 17+

noy reel

i think its scripted not real the people who get done give up too fast dont ask for council even after poped the a lot of inconsistencies with the street value from 1 seg to the next 22 k of coke 1ml >120,000th the next and the actors that role i could i.d. 666

Is It Any Good?

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The show focuses on the street-level agents and makes their very dangerous job seem both exciting and important. Certainly the agents seem to get a rush from busting down a suspect's door and rushing in with guns drawn; knowing that these raids are the real thing can make them seem more thrilling to viewers than similar invasions on fictional cop shows.

DEA does an admirable job of explaining how the agents navigate the complicated world of the drug trade, collecting evidence and building cases. It's a gripping look at a world that few people get to see. But by focusing on low-level dealers, the show fails to explain the larger context. It doesn't address the ideas behind the government's drug policies or question whether there may be better approaches to fighting the "war on drugs."

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