A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teens' bad behavior gets them locked up, but they usually seem to learn their lesson. Disrespectful behavior has immediate consequences.
Violence & Scariness
Depends on the episode. Discussion of teens' crimes -- including auto theft, running away, drunk driving, assault with a knife.
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Not much bad language, though the occasional "hell" or "damn" can pop up.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some discussion of drug and/or alcohol use in conjunction with the teens' offenses. Dramatizations often depict drugs, smoking, and/or drinking, though briefly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary-style reality show follows teens as they enter the juvenile justice system. Frank discussion of their crimes -- including auto theft, running away, drunk driving, assault with a knife, and more -- occurs. Some dramatizations include beer bottles, marijuana, and other elements of the teens' crimes. All situations are sad, and certain moments are particularly painful to watch -- like when a teen's mother rejects her daughter, forcing her into foster care.
Is It Any Good?
The show's harsh details are bound to make a lasting impression. For example, during the intake process, Cordell must strip down in front of a staffer and rub Lysol on his hair to kill any potential bugs that might be living on his body. To someone like him -- a good student who's active in extracurriculars and hopes to be a lawyer someday -- the process is terribly humiliating.
While part of Juvies' appeal is its voyeuristic payoff, teen viewers will probably empathize with the inmates enough to think twice about doing anything that could make them wind up in the TV teens' place.
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