Live PD

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Live broadcasts of police patrols contain strong content.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Police work is made transparent for audiences. The job is hard, can be life-threatening, and often is less exciting than people think. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Officers all do their job; most are respectful, but range from terse to friendly. 


Occasional use of force during arrests; lots of references to violent crimes. Fights broken up. Some yelling. Guns sometimes drawn. 


Occasional references to sexual acts; corresponding sounds sometimes audible. Prostitution is sometimes an issue. 


"Ass," "hell"; bleeped cursing. 


Viewers encouraged to post on Twitter. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drug busts, DUIs common. Marijuana, other substances discussed, visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Live PD is a series that broadcasts the activities of police officers around the country while they are on night patrol. There are lots of conversations about violent events, some uses of police force, as well as blunt discussions about sexual activity. DUI and drug busts are common, and marijuana is often visible. There's some strong language (curses are bleeped), too. It's not appropriate for younger viewers, but teens interested in law enforcement may find something here. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStks10511 January 5, 2020

What goes on in CA

I am an avid watcher. Do not agree with everything but most decisions. The last minute choices they have to make is hard to judge unless you are in situation
M... Continue reading
Adult Written byCritiquer December 15, 2019

S4 Episode 27

This occurred in Terre Haute, IN
Cops are wrong for escalating the situation. Kid has freedom of speech and was walking away. Cop went after him and they escal... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byToTally_CooL December 22, 2020

I like it

I like this show a lot. I started watching it when I was 13. Although there is a fair amount of swearing and drugs I think that a 12 year old could still watch... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byPiperJane66 July 12, 2020


The show Live Pd is a great show and I think that everyone should try and find a way to watch it even though it has sadly been canceled.

What's the story?

LIVE PD (aka Live PD: Rap Sheet) is a reality series that follows law enforcement across the country in real-time as they work the night shift. Hosted by Dan Abrams, each installment uses dash cams, fixed cameras, and handheld devices to simultaneously live-broadcast multiple police officers from different cities conducting traffic stops, following up on complaints, busting people for drugs, and responding to calls while on patrol. As the show switches back and forth to the more interesting events each police unit is dealing with, Abrams and co-host Tom Morris Jr. offer commentary. Crime experts and law enforcement officials also make guest appearances and add to the conversation. Pre-recorded police activity is also featured, often to give context to what audiences are watching live. From the backwoods of Florida to the highways of Arizona, officers willingly allow cameras to follow them to let viewers see what they do during a regular night on the job.  

Is it any good?

This interesting series shows what daily police activity looks like across the country at a time when law enforcement is under public scrutiny. What sets it apart from similarly themed shows is the fact that viewers get to watch incidents unfold in real time. Most police officers are usually able to explain what they're doing and why during the process, or after a situation is under control. The hosts often address these reasons, and if they are justified. 

There are some interesting, awkward, and intense moments. But Live PD uses its live status, and the constant shifting from location to location, to make events seem more exciting than they really are. Nonetheless, it also offers police officers a chance to be transparent, and to reinforce the idea that they are there to serve their communities. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what police officers do on a daily basis. What are the differences between what they do in real life versus how their jobs are portrayed on TV and in movies? Does Live PD give a good representation of what the police do?

  • What is the purpose of Live PD? To make police activity more transparent and restore public trust in the police? Or is it mostly about entertaining viewers? Do you think police officers behave differently when not on camera? Does this series change the way you think about law enforcement?

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