A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters must work together. Race-related issues are addressed on the show.
Positive Role Models
The main characters are good at heart, but they often use questionable methods and/or have criminal pasts.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of violence, including gun battles that result in death and injury. Cops sometimes use threats and violence with suspects. Flashbacks to Hurricane Katrina are frequent and show people hurt and suffering.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional mention of sex. Some romantic scenes, including kissing.
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Frequent use of words like "ass," "son of a bitch," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A fair amount of drinking, including occasional drinking on the job by main character (who's a cop).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this police drama -- which is set in New Orleans and deals specifically with the city's post-Katrina struggles -- has plenty of the genre's standard chase scenes, bloody injuries, occasional violent deaths, and frequent gunfire. Regular hurricane flashbacks include people drowning, crying, and getting hurt; there's even a defensive murder. The main cop characters are good at heart, but they sometimes use shady tactics when trying to catch a criminal, such as threatening suspects with injury. There's also some drinking (including some done on the job), occasional references to dating or sex, and some language ("ass," "son of a bitch," etc.).
Is It Any Good?
Anderson brings a lot of heart to his role, and it's nice to watch him inhabit a starring role, especially after he's played so many silly peripheral characters. As Boulet, he fights to keep his family intact despite his wife's move to Atlanta, where she lives with their young daughter (who, like many children who were living in New Orleans during Katrina, suffers from traumatic memories and has difficulty sleeping).
With plenty of conspiracy theories and political resentments on tap, K-Ville can be heavy viewing. Car chases, flying bullets, bloody injuries, and devastating flashbacks to hurricane scenes make the show an iffy choice for younger viewers, but older teens may be able to handle the violence, which is pretty standard cop show material. Scenes from present-day New Orleans are alternately upsetting and gorgeous.
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