A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Viewers witness the high-stakes work of officers and their K9 partners, seeing how the dogs' special skills make the work safer for the cops and, to some degree, the suspects they pursue. Dogs are tools used in encounters with potentially dangerous criminals, but the show also illustrates the strong bonds between the animals and their handlers. Some suspects' faces are shown; others are blurred.
Positive Role Models
Police officers and their dog partners are the stars of the show, and this behind-the-scenes look at their work puts them in high esteem for their efforts on the part of public safety. Theirs is a dangerous job, but the show illustrates how extensive training and efficient teamwork among officers efficiently neutralizes life-threatening scenarios. Some cops seem to like the attention of the cameras, but most are content to do their jobs and explain their procedures for the viewers.
Violence & Scariness
Police pursuits can be tense, and dogs are used to intimidate the suspects into compliance. In some cases, they give chase and subdue them before the officers can intervene. Guns are drawn on both sides of the law, and the police discuss details of crimes like stabbings, shootings, and assaults. Some altercations are physical, but the presence of the dogs keeps this to a minimum. Suspects are handcuffed and subjected to pat-downs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rarely men's underwear is visible under low-riding or unzipped pants.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some bystanders smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol onscreen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that K9 Cops follows police dogs and their handlers on patrol in a major city where they encounter suspected criminals who are potentially violent. Officers draw guns on suspects, and the dogs purposely intimidate by barking and lunging at them, and they do give chase if the suspects resist. You'll hear details of violent crimes like shootings and stabbings, but none of this is shown onscreen. Kids might be frightened by the suggestion of these and other crimes, though, so this show requires older, more discerning viewers who can fully appreciate the heroic jobs these officers and their dogs perform.
Is It Any Good?
The original Cops series has inspired its fair share of look-alikes, and K9 Cops is cut from the same basic cloth: Close-up imagery of tense encounters between the city's finest and those who threaten public safety, and follow-up confessionals with the officers once the danger is neutralized. But here the cops share the limelight with their dog partners, who prove equally heroic as are their human handlers.
It's always a stirring sight to see a public servant in action, and K9 Cops does a great job of inspiring awe in the courageous jobs these officers perform. But while the violence quotient is significantly less than in, say, Cops -– likely due to the involvement of the dogs, whose mere presence often intimidates the suspects into compliance -– this still isn't a show for most young kids. What you see on the screen is real life, and the altercations are the result of actual crimes, and often brutal ones at that. Ultimately this show is better reserved for viewers who can differentiate between real-life TV and the reality of their own lives.
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