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 is actual police work being done here, and as a result, it can get pretty rough and pretty ugly. One suspect, for example, is mostly pixeled out, but you can still see the mucous flowing from his face. Expect some bleeped language, tense/violent scenes, and rough talk. Drugs and drug paraphenalia is often visible.
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What's the story?
Like its sister shows in Memphis, Maricopa County, Arizona, and Broward County, Florida, POLICE WOMEN OF DALLAS is a basic reality show about police officers in action -- only the officers happen to all be women. And, perhaps not surprisingly, most of the work is the same you'd see on Cops, or similer shows. They catch drug dealers, prostitutes, deal with domestic violence calls, take in mentally ill people. Sometimes, the situation calls for compassion, sometimes for serious butt kicking. All this, with occasional breaks for scenes of the officers' home life.
Is it any good?
On its own, the show is reasonably interesting. But there just isn't much besides the officers, themselves, to create interest. And while the women are nice, decent people, they're also pretty normal in spite of their jobs. Not to mention that most crime on the show is petty and most criminals pretty pathetic -- which isn't the most interesting thing to watch. If this weren't the fourth iteration, it might be more exciting. Finally, one can't help asking -- are women cops really that rare that four shows are necessary?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how real the show is. Can you tell what kind of editing has been done by the producers? What would happen if the show wasn't edited -- would it still be interesting?
Do shows like this encourage crime or not? In one episode, an arrestee obviously poses for the camera. Do you think the presence of the cameras changes what happens?
Do shows like this help break down gender bias or not?
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For kids who love realistic drama
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