Parents' Guide to

Homeland Security USA

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

National security docu shares a little too much detail.

TV ABC Reality TV 2009
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The series is full of interesting and disturbing moments, with situations that range from the very serious to the rather absurd. Security incidents include everything from arresting drug smugglers and seizing kilos of illegal narcotics at the border to dealing with frustrated airline passengers at security checkpoints. Many of the featured incidents are also troubling, especially when ethnic profiling clearly factors into the security precautions and innocent people are unapologetically harassed and/or held at gunpoint (sometimes in front of small, clearly traumatized children) thanks to "glitches" the system.

While the show may offer a realistic portrayal of the day-to-day efforts to keep America safe, it offers almost too much detail about the different ways that people and contraband can be smuggled into the country -- including close-up images showing where and how various items can be hidden in order to make it across the border undetected. You also have to wonder whether the decision to share some of the ways the government is trying to keep the public safe, no matter how simplistic they may appear, is really a good idea. Bottom line? Watching this show may not make you feel safer, but it certainly has the potential to make you feel conflicted.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 6, 2009
  • Cast: Phil Crowley
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 24, 2022

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