A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Federal cases are sometimes about making a point or protecting friends, rather than justice.
Positive Role Models
New federal lawyers are talented, arrogant; they take risks and have a lot to prove. They sometimes mix the personal with the professional.
Violence & Scariness
Cases deal with terrorism, fraud, other issues. Yelling, arguments sometimes break out.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional innuendo. Romantic tensions sometimes a theme.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to getting drunk. Occasional social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that For the People is a legal drama. As is common with shows created by Shonda Rhimes, it features a young professional cast navigating their careers, and sometimes blurring the lines between personal life and workplace. Legal cases deal with terrorism, fraud, etc., and attorneys aren't always ethical when trying to win. There's some occasional strong language ("damn," "hell"), and social drinking is visible.
Is It Any Good?
This dramatic law procedural blurs the line between professional and personal worlds as characters fight to win cases and prove themselves, often by any means possible. Adding to this are characters like the no-nonsense clerk of the court Tina Krissman (played by Anna Deavere Smith), and federal judge Nicholas Byrne (Vondie Curtis-Hall), both of whom personify the tradition and culture of the Mother Court. But much of the show focuses on the lawyers' inner conflicts, as well as the relationships developing between them as they learn the difference between enemies and adversaries.
The series highlights some aspects of the federal court system, in which prosecutors, who represent the U.S. government, are expected to keep the upper hand, while public defenders spend much of their time trying to find compromises that will serve their clients to some extent. Some of the fictitious cases discussed are interesting and complicated, while others are predictable and reflect current political and cultural discussions. Overall, For the People offers sanitized, melodramatic narratives that should entertain viewers who love a legal drama.
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