A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the messages about respect for police officers are strong and most visible, there are some subtle differences in the way the show presents white and African-American people. African Americans are almost always subtitled, whereas white people largely are not. Most arrestees are African American and while the poor white neighborhood is described as "dramatic," the poor African-American neighborhood is described as "dangerous."
Positive Role Models
The police women are strong, caring people dedicated to serving their communities doing tough, dangerous work. In particular, Officer Joy Jefferson demonstrates community policing at its finest -- greeting people while on patrol, showing sympathy and concern for a victim of domestic abuse, and behaving fairly at all times.
Violence & Scariness
As one of the police women notes when a kid is found shot, this is real. And in that scene, we see the entrance wound. Otherwise, there are a lot of suspects resisting arrest, and some struggling. Guns do get drawn, and the threat and possibility of gunfire always remains.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some discussion of prostitution.
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Everybody uses foul language -- one of the police women says that using srtong language gets suspects to take her seriously. Words like "piss," "bitch," and "hell" are heard. "S--t" and "f--k" get bleeped.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some background smoking, plus scenes of drunk or high people, often getting arrested. Crimes often involve alcohol or drugs.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.