Police Women of Maricopa County
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series shows real women doing police work, which means they encounter criminals, drug dealing, domestic disputes, and people on the edges of society. The language is raw, and includes words like "ass" and "piss," though the occasional "f--k" is bleeped. Arrestees are occasionally partially (or completely) undressed, though all sensitive parts (and often faces) are blurred. Expect some tense/violent scenes and rough talk (sometimes by the police women themselves).
What's the story?
Like its sister show, Police Women of Broward County, this reality offering follows four female deputies of the Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff's Department as they do their jobs: picking up drug dealers, dealing with domestic violence calls, chasing down bad guys, and arresting deadbeat dads. The work is dangerous and challenging and shows women -- who can be rough around the edges themselves -- dealing with people in crisis in tough, effective ways.
Is it any good?
This is one of those shows that sits on the better side of that vast gray area of not great, not bad. The featured deputies are largely personable and dedicated women who have kids and care about the world. Their stories have enough depth to them to hold viewers' interest.
But at the same time, you're not going to be calling your friends and insisting they watch this show. It's just not original enough, or variable enough to stand out.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how real the show is. Parents can ask their kids if the documentary style of the show makes it more believable or less?
Does the show encourage women, in particular, to become police officers? How does the show address issues of gender, especially in the workplace?