Police Women of Maricopa County

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Real women, real cops, real raw -- in Arizona this time.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

There is a strong law enforcement message: crime is bad, cops are good. Lots of the crime the officers encounter involves drugs and illegal immigration.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The women say repeatedly that by doing their jobs they want to help make their world better for their kids and for the rest of the community. However, they do tend toward a tough attitude -- one that is appropriate for their work, but nonetheless, it might be off-putting to some. That said, the women are doing their jobs and using their gifts in a pretty mean, nasty world.

Violence

There are lots of guns drawn, occasional shootings, and plenty of physical struggles during arrests. Calls sometimes involve domestic violence.

Sex

Occasional references or encounters with prostitution.

Language

"Ass" and "piss" is heard fairly regularly. Stronger language is bleeped, although you can often figure what is being said.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes of drug busts going down, discussion of drug dealing, etc.

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 year old Written byTylerW March 12, 2010
Parent of a 9 and 16 year old Written byDeadbeat Daddy ... March 11, 2010

Where are you? I'll find you....

It shows that a woman is capable of doing whatever she wants to do and still raise her children and be happy.
Teen, 14 years old Written byMeow314159 May 31, 2010

A little iffy....

I think this show is very good, and the police women are really good role models. It is a little iffy for me to watch, just because most of the things that the... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

TV details

  • Premiere date: February 25, 2010
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14

For kids who love reality television

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