Parents' Guide to

Deputy

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Western-style police show has violence, drugs, some sex.

TV Fox Drama 2020
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Fairly respectful but adult show has somewhat mixed tone. Promotes sexual preferences as diversity.

As far as 'law' type shows go, the realism here is better than Hawaii Five-0 ( which is cartoonish) and is probably somewhere in the realm of Blue Bloods but with more graphic language. Sexual content is limited to how it pertains to cases and family life for the most part but there is also a hemaphrodite character that advises the sheriff which they felt necessary to shoehorn in to cover their whole identity politics sector. A couple of episodes gets into the whole "non binary" thing which this character is suppossedly born into physically with both "parts", unlike the way they try to use it in modern day terms to upend basic biology. They obviously and purposefully utilize this designation as a convenient way of promoting the whole realm of alternate, hyper sexed, opinionated lifestyles and it all seems very uneccessary quite honestly as they force feed with a scenario of a person with such an ultra rare condition to spearhead an obvious blanket opinion. The actual concept of the show is about the adventures of a deputy in LA county that has the role of sheriff thrust upon him in the first minutes of the pilot episode. How this effects his family and co-workers is a major theme throughout. He is a grounded, gritty, 'mans man' family guy who grew up in a cowboy environment with a likewise approach to law enforcement and the show is family oriented in that regard being more suited to older teens in language and content. The tone of the show is a mixed bag. A cowboy like figure with a convincingly diverse cast and music that is oddly out of place and more 'pop'. It all seems to clash a bit as this is definitely NOT a 'western style' law show like the reviewer titled it, only elements which mainly pertain to the lead role character fro the most part. All in all it's a decent show that feels like it should have leaned harder into actually BEING more western with it's music and themes, but the setting really limits the ability for that theme which really seems to be a detriment to the show with it's uneven tone. Although it does have some originality it 's not going on my favorites list any time soon yet, because with the plethora of cop shows out there, this one hasn't truly set itself apart enough to warrant a "must see" status. Mediocre with potential, but self limited. OH! and don't forget that "the Chevy logo is prominently visible too". ….Can't forget that one. (These "expert" reviews kill me sometimes.) Buy GMC anyways, Chevy is just their cheaper line of "Diet GMC" products. So maybe THAT is what the reviewer meant,as a warning. Doubt it though.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

The improbable police procedural attempts to create a unique storytelling experience by introducing a traditional Western hero into a modern day crime drama. The white cowboy hat-wearing Sheriff Hollister justifies his antics by rejecting bureaucratic policies that he perceives to be out of touch with what deputies face out on the uncivilized streets of Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Hollister also serves as a voice of conscience, self-righteously arguing for the need to do what is "right," as opposed to what government agencies and politicians expect him to do. Not surprisingly, this leads to some moral questioning and obvious political statements (including a very explicit stance against ICE-led raids), all of which are intended to remind us of how the "civilized" world can lose sight of its purpose. It's an interesting concept, but one that requires the viewing audience to suspend its belief so much that at times it's hard to take seriously. Nonetheless, Deputy offers lots of action, which is mostly entertaining.

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