A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series is set within the criminal justice system, and it shows how the work of police and prosecution comes together to convict criminals within the British legal system. Overall, the cops are good, the criminals are bad, and the court and juries can go either way (though sometimes loopholes result in criminals escaping justice). Some of the crimes depicted are perpetrated against women and children.
Positive Role Models
The detectives and the prosecutors aren't perfect, but they do their best to get criminals off the streets and into jail.
Violence & Scariness
Incidents and cases deal with bomb threats, murders, and other violent acts. Images of bruises and bloody wounds on corpses are visible. Dead babies/children are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting, sexual innuendo, and references to affairs. Cases sometimes deal with prostitution and other sex-related crimes.
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Like many British TV shows, it contains some language (like "tit") that's considered strong according to American standards.
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Products & Purchases
Steel occasionally plays with a Rubik's Cube while thinking about cases.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People are shown drinking at bars/restaurants. References to suspects being drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British adaptation of the long-running Law & Order series features the same gritty, homicide-related material as the original. It also has plenty of violence, including bomb threats and pushing, shoving, and chasing criminals. Bruises, bloody wounds, and images of corpses (including dead babies/children) are also visible. Scenes in bars and restaurants show characters drinking, cases sometimes deal with sex crimes, and prostitution is sometimes discussed.
Is It Any Good?
This plot-driven series takes the same two-part approach as its stateside counterpart, which allows viewers to follow the complicated relationship between the investigation and prosecution of a homicide case. Each episode is a remake of an American L&O script that has been modified to fit the British legal system and to reflect the UK's diverse cultural dynamics. Despite these changes, the show manages to maintain the same gritty storytelling style the franchise is known for.
The show's focus on the Crown -- as well as the differences between American and British courtrooms -- marks some of the differences that U.S. viewers will see when they tune in. But these variations don't make the show hard to follow. In fact, it actually makes the series more interesting. Fans of good crime dramas definitely won't disappointed, and L&O fans will enjoy seeing how their favorite episodes have been given a British twist.
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