Partners in Crime

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Criminal defense attorneys get fairly mild reality show.

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Positive Messages

Highlights the close friendship between two well-known lawyers. The importance of pursuing justice and ensuring that people get a fair trial is occasionally referenced. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lawyers are best friends. Lou Gelormino has some sexist views about how men should behave. 


The attorneys defend criminals being accused of a range of violent offenses. They occasionally discuss cases on camera or share stories about things like failed criminal acts. 


There are occasional sexual elements to the cases the lawyers handle, and some details might be discussed.


Words such as "hell," "ass," and "bitch" audible. Rude gestures are blurred; curses bleeped.  

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine is consumed over meals. Many of their defendants are being tried for drug offenses. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the reality series Partners in Crime about two lawyers contains some brief discussions of alleged murders, illegal drug use, and other activities relating to criminal defense work, but the show mainly revolves around friendship and family. There's some strong language (including some bleeped curses, blurred rude gestures, and drinking (wine). 

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What's the story?

The docuseries PARTNERS IN CRIME stars colorful New York defense attorney Mario Gallucci and his associate "Big" Lou Gelormino as they work cases, argue, and eat. The two Staten Island lawyers work closely to defend their clients to the best of their abilities, but outside the courtroom they bicker like brothers. From discussing whether men should get their nails done to bantering with their families over big Italian Sunday dinners, the two always find something to rib each other about, but they never lose sight of the fact that they're best friends. 

Is it any good?

Partners in Crime offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of Gallucci and Gelormino, whose fame comes from taking on and successfully defending high-profile cases. But most of the show's focus is on how they spend their time outside of work and the close relationship they have with each other and their families. 

The lawyers occasionally talk about some of the weirder cases they have, no doubt as a way of making their jobs sound more interesting. But there's also a lot of lighthearted humor, too. It's a fairly slow and basic reality show, probably best for true legal enthusiasts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what criminal defense attorneys do. What makes them different from prosecutors? Why is their job so important, even if it seems like they're defending "the bad guys"? Do you think this reality series shows what the work is really like? 

  • Why do people agree to appear on reality shows? What are the advantages and disadvantages to being on TV?

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