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Parents' Guide to

K9 Cops

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Police dogs in action are fine for older kids.

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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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