A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Depicts the reality of police work, including the disappointments, frustration, and politics of the job.
Flint residents show perseverance as they fight for health and safety.
Positive Role Models
Young, ambitious police officer Bridgette Balasko is strong and compassionate. Frustrated citizens are trying to do the best by their families.
Violence & Scariness
The effects of violent crime are shown; a mother cries over her teenage son who has just been fatally shot (the actual shooting is not shown); an officer describes shooting a man; a YouTube video of a Minnesota cop shooting a man is shown; violent crimes are described.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Confiscated marijuana is displayed by the cops; police officers encounter suspects who are drunk or on drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flint Town is a documentary series on Netflix that offers a devastating look at the crime, politics, and police in the city of Flint, Michigan. The everyday horrors of living in a violent city are shown, including a woman pleading and crying over the death of her 15-year-old son who was just shot in her front yard. This series does not hold back on depicting violent situations and adult language as anger, frustration, and outrage permeate all facets of the community. The show provides a good opportunity to talk to teens about police violence, race, and the impact the economy has on how a city operates.
Is It Any Good?
Beautifully shot and edited, this sobering documentary about the Flint, Michigan, police department addresses issues facing the entire country. Citizens who fear police and police who work in fear are depicted, and the filmmakers use a number of documentary techniques -- direct address to the camera, ride-along footage, montage -- to present a very objective view of life in an economically depressed and violent city. Due to the amount of time the filmmakers were embedded with the police department, Flint Town is able to look at all sides of the law enforcement chain of command and observe the consequences of decisions made at the top. The documentary shows us the election of a new mayor and the transfer of power from one chief of police to the next, and how politics impact the officers on the ground and the community at large. During the course of filming, numerous police shootings occurred across the country, and we see the officers react to the news footage of these events. Race is of course a factor here, and the diverse members of the Flint PD have differing opinions about how these situations could have been handled.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.