A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this reality series showcases real-life police work, which is often raw, very dangerous, and filled with angry people, some of whom are the police officers themselves (although the women featured in the show don't engage in any inappropriate behavior). Expect some bleeped language, tense/violent scenes, and rough talk. The show is a good pick for parents to watch with kids who want to be cops when they grow up -- and it could also serve as a cautionary tale for those inclined toward trouble.
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What's the story?
In POLICE WOMEN OF BROWARD COUNTY, TLC's cameras are on board for the ultimate ride-along. Crews tag along with the female officers of Florida's Broward County Sheriff's Department as they settle disputes, take down drug dealers, and serve as decoys for prostitution stings -- in between taking calls from their kids.
Is it any good?
Whether you like the show or not will depend on how much you like reality cop shows. The storytelling is good, if not overwhelmingly exciting. And the voices of the women are distinct -- it's hard not to get caught up in their stories and feel a lot of sympathy for them.
Still, while one episode might be interesting as a glimpse into this most difficult of jobs, it's hard to imagine watching week after week of drug dealers cursing officers out and perps getting busted. After all, a lot of crimes are surprisingly petty, and after awhile it can feel the same old, same old.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how true to life most reality TV actually is. Do you think this one is more or less accurate than other reality shows? Why?
Do shows like this help or hurt the world of law enforcement? Do you think they make kids more or less likely to get into trouble?
If this is an accurate depiction of real-life police work, do you think it could it inspire interest in the profession?