A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series doesn't shy away from addressing controversial issues, from capital punishment to affirmative action. It doesn't push through one particular agenda, but it underscores the tensions between politically conservative and liberal policymakers.
Positive Role Models
Garza is known for being conservative, but he's also interested in pursuing justice. He likes to drink, gamble, and womanize, and he often makes sexist comments to the women he works with.
Violence & Scariness
Cases deal with issues like murder and the death penalty. Images of decomposing bodies, fatal wounds, and other injuries are clearly visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo. Women's underwear is occasionally visible. Lucinda Pearl often uses her sexuality to get information.
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Words like "ass, " "hell," and "damn" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
Dell computers are sometimes visible. Law schools like Harvard and Yale are frequently referred to.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible alcohol (beer, hard liquor) consumption.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this legal drama addresses some controversial topics -- capital punishment, affirmative action, etc. -- as well as the continuing tensions between conservative and liberal politics. The main character, a former Supreme Court justice, is a political conservative who believes in pursuing justice but also likes women, drinking, and gambling -- which makes him a complex role model at best. Expect some iffy language ("ass, " "hell," "damn," etc.), as well as strong sexual innuendo and sexist comments. There are also some graphic images of decomposing bodies and fatal wounds in episodes that revolve around murder and/or death.
Is It Any Good?
Outlaw combines sophisticated dramatic storylines with some lighthearted moments in order to tell an intelligent story. It touches on a wide range of controversial issues that are relevant today, using them to examine the conflicting philosophies of conservative and liberal political thinkers.
The show definitely has some flair, but there are times when the constitutional law discussions are so technical that it's hard to follow. Meanwhile, some of the funny moments seem a little out of step with the series' overall mood. Still, folks who like thoughtful legal dramas will probably enjoy what's being offered here.
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