A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series attempts to legitimize the role of security guards in the Mall of America by highlighting how they assist and protect employees and customers.
Positive Role Models
The mall cops assist customers when necessary and try to prevent crime. Several of the people questioned and/or escorted out of the mall by security are disproportionately Asian, African-American, or foreign nationals. One young woman talks proudly about what she almost managed to shoplift.
Violence & Scariness
Security officers chase after shoplifters, arrest thieves, and attempt to subdue violent patrons. Pushing, shoving, wresting, and punching is visible. Occasionally people are shown with minor bloody wounds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During one altercation the partial view of one man's buttocks is briefly visible.
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Words like "bastard" are audible; stronger language is bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
The series revolves around events in the Mall of America, and some of the mall's highlights are discussed. Storefront logos like Bloomingdales and Norstroms are visible. Retailers like Victoria's Secret are referenced.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasionally drunk visitors (sometimes sitting in mall bars) are disruptive and/or violent and must be escorted out or forcibly removed. Occasionally there are suspicions of some patrons being unstable due to drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series, which follows mall security in the Mall of America, shows people arguing, being chased, tackled, and being thrown into police cars after causing a disturbance or attempting to shoplift. Some patrons are drunk; in one episode a man's backside is briefly visible after an altercation. Words like "bastard" are audible, while stronger language is fully bleeped. Stores like Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, and Victoria's Secret are visible and/or discussed.
Is It Any Good?
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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