A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
In a dangerous profession, working together is critical for survival. But there's also an overarching theme of duplicity and dishonesty that's part of the job and, in turn, makes for a complicated code of ethics.
Positive Role Models
There's a prevailing sense of camaraderie among the team, and members have to work together to protect themselves. (That said, although men and women work as equals, the female characters feel like more of an afterthought.) The agents have to lie as part of their undercover work; but for some, the lies go beyond the job.
Violence & Scariness
The main characters carry weapons as part of their jobs. Violent scenes involve gun battles, shootouts, hand-to-hand combat, and death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual tension between male and female characters who work together.
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Occasional words like "damn," "ass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many cases involve illegal drugs, including cocaine, heroine, and marijuana. Some scenes show drug paraphernalia in use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Graceland deals with the world of violent crime, although its focus is firmly on the "good guys" who try to stop it. Most characters carry weapons as part of their jobs, so you'll see some violent shootouts and blood, with a few dead bodies. Several cases also deal with the illegal drug trade, so you'll see cocaine, heroine, marijuana, and some characters using drug paraphernalia. Language is limited to gateway terms like "damn" and "ass," and there's some light sexual tension between male and female characters who work together.
Is It Any Good?
It might sound like a description for the next season of The Real World, but Graceland's premise is, in fact, supposed to be taken seriously. Or at least that's what we gather from the gritty overtones of this borderline ridiculous crime drama that at least gets points for creativity. The fact that the beach house got its name thanks to its former owner, a drug lord who was obsessed with Elvis, is mere icing on the cake of crazy.
On the plus side, the largely unknown cast (including Brandon Jay McLaren, whom kids might recognize as the Red SPD Power Ranger) has good chemistry -- although the female characters feel comparatively flat. But the real draw is the plot twist that sets the stage for a gripping game of cat and mouse. That takes place, of course, at the beach.
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