Police Women of Memphis

TV review by
Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
Police Women of Memphis TV Poster Image
Women cops show the down and dirty side of Memphis.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.


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.


There is some discussion of prostitution.


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.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some background smoking, plus scenes of drunk or high people, often getting arrested. Crimes often involve alcohol or drugs.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 16-year-old Written byCorruptPoliceShow S. October 25, 2017


Okay, so let's just begin by stating the officers in use are the "good-looking" female officers, which is BS and the first clear sign of money hu... Continue reading
Adult Written byGerald C. December 27, 2017

Music very distracting

I love the show and hate the music that is always playing and is so loud you cannot understand what anyone on the show is saying. Get rid of the unnecessary mus... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 15, 2010


this show does have a lot of violence and can have drugs occassionally and smoking and drinking there is a lot of swears bleeped out.

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?

TV details

  • Premiere date: May 27, 2010
  • Network: TLC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

For kids who love reality TV

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate