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Police Women of Memphis
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 a show about real police work, with all that encompasses: There are stories of domestic abuse, theft, drugs, prostitution -- and while we seldom see the crime in action, we do get to see some of the least appealing sides of the issue, including a man who soils himself in a squad car and a young boy who has been shot (with a close look at the entrance wound). The language is strong: Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped and sometimes obscured. Finally, there are some subtle differences in the way different races are presented in the show, which could send some troubling messages to viewers.
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What's the story?
TLC has the camera on another set of women cops, and the show is pretty much the usual collection of busts, dopey crooks, domestic tragedy, and all the other human drama that makes up police work. In one scene, a young teen is found shot in a field -- a heart-wrenching disovery for both cops and viewers. In another, a young man is arrested for vandalizing his mother's house. The cops do their best to be fair and protect the city of Memphis from criminals.
Is it any good?
What makes this version of women cops more engaging than others is the women themselves. Officer Joy Jefferson is, literally, a joy to watch. She's tough when she has to be, but she prefers connecting with the people in the area she patrols. Alas, there's not enough of Joy to make up for the fact that not much else about this show is particularly unique.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how real the show is. What clues exist that shows not everything onscreen reflects what really happened?
How does the show present police work? Does it encourage women to become cops? Why does the show focus on the female officers?
Did you notice a difference in how the show presents different races? If so, what did you notice?