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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series follows the exploits of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force as they track down wanted criminals and provides an interesting look at the inner workings of an elite law enforcement agency.
Violence & Scariness
Some intense moments as the marshals apprehend their quarry. The tension and anxiety are especially palpable in the brief moments before the marshals burst through a door in search of a wanted criminal, as they stand ready with guns drawn, waiting for the command to go. Though there's little actual violence, the scenes show real people facing real danger. Guns are ubiquitous.
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Products & Purchases
Some businesses are mentioned by name, such as hotels and rental car companies. Plenty of commercial signage is visible in the background as the marshals hit the streets to track down criminals.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some mentions of the drug trade, and the marshals sometimes say they want a drink after their shifts.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series follows the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force as its members track down wanted criminals. It includes many interesting details about their basic investigative techniques and shows the marshals in action as they apprehend their quarry. Some of these scenes can be quite intense, as the marshals strap on their weapons and body armor and then go after their targets. There's little actual violence, but it's clear that they're facing real danger. Guns are prominent throughout the series, and the marshals also swear (it's mostly bleeped) and discuss the gun trade.
Is It Any Good?
Like many actual police investigations, Manhunters features plenty of mundane incidents punctuated by brief moments of real danger. The series shows commander Lenny DePaul, deputies Tommy Kilbride and Michelle Mendez, and other members of the team at work, pounding the streets, asking questions, scanning computer databases, and doing other important (if sometimes unexciting) tasks. As they proceed, the marshals offer plenty of explanation about their basic investigative techniques, which provides interesting insights into this rarely seen world and makes the segments more interesting to watch. The team often interacts with other law enforcement agencies, showing the extensive resources that can be brought to bear on finding a single person. Despite the many fictional films and TV shows that feature people evading capture on the run, the reality show version makes it clear that the odds are heavily against the fugitive.
But that doesn't make it any easier to bring them in. Oncethe marshals locate their quarry, they have to actually capture them. When the team is suited up in body armor, guns drawn, waiting in a hallway and ready to burst through some anonymous doorway, it's obvious that these are real people performing a really dangerous job. It may be too intense for younger viewers, but teens and adults with a taste for this topic will find it interesting.
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