A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It’s a police procedural, but the moral and social issues range from government politics and bureaucracy to illegal immigration and fostering children.
Positive Role Models
Sheriff Hollister breaks a lot of rules, but in his eyes it's in the name of doing the right thing. He also has a lot of heart, and cares a lot about the people he is hired to serve and protect. Men and women have key roles in the story, but men are still in charge at the Sheriff's Office.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of car chases, crashes, and guns. Shootings and explosions are frequent; people get shot, assaulted, and stabbed. Injuries and killings are frequent. Child kidnapping is an occasional theme.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
It has some strong sexual innuendo. Discussions about pregnancy, artificial insemination, references to human trafficking, and related discussions are had.
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Strong language includes “pissed,“ “ass,” and “hell.”
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Products & Purchases
The Chevrolet logo is prominently visible on Sheriff Hollister's vehicle.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug trafficking is a major theme; meth labs and drug production is shown. Drinking (beer, wine, hard liquor) is occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Deputy is a police drama with a Western twist, and as such features lots of violent chases, shootings, injuries, and killings, in addition to car crashes, stabbings, and kidnappings. There's some strong sexual innuendo, including references to pregnancy, pornography, sex trafficking, and artificial insemination. There's some strong language (including "pissed," "ass," and "hell") and drugs and drug gangs are major themes (drug paraphernalia is visible). The Chevrolet logo is prominently visible, too.
Is It Any Good?
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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