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Mall Cops: Mall of America

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Mall cops bust drunk patrons and shoplifters in dull docu.

TV TLC Reality TV 2010
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

Ok for some kids

I think they bleep out a lot and don't have a lot of bad things little bit of violence but nothing cod like.
age 18+


I live in St. Paul, so MOA is ten minutes away. I find this show to be false and untrue. We love Mall of America.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

The show's overall goal is to legitimize the work that security officers perform in order to make the giant shopping center a safe place to visit. In order to do so, it attempts to make mundane events (like walking through the corridors on a busy day) appear more exciting than what they are. The mall cops also seem to target people that simply look and/or act differently than the mainstream rather then looking out for real security risks.

While what these officers are doing is clearly important, there are moments when they just seem to be trying too hard to be taken seriously. Their inability to cite people for anything beyond trespassing without the help of the local police doesn't really help their image either. Bottom line? Viewers looking for a bit of police reality thrill should keep shopping around.

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