Parents' Guide to

Pretty Hard Cases

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Buddy-cop series highlights gender, racial privilege.

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Thanks to diversity and acknowledgment of the police's overuse of force, this show is a breath of fresh air in a sea of procedurals. Pretty Hard Cases is a fun, more respectful twist on the standard policing shows that either don't try to meet the moment regarding policing or try and fail.

With that said, there are parts of Pretty Hard Cases' discussions about policing and White privilege that feel a little clumsy. A scene involving Det. Samantha Wazowski (MacNeill) talking about her White privilege seemed a touch out of place, particularly since the conversation between her and Det. Kelly Duff (Moore) wasn't integrated into the scene as well as it could have been. But the pilot includes a powerful scene involving Kelly deescalating a police raid to save a Black boy holding a gun. In real life, we've seen when Black people holding anything including guns have been murdered by police before getting a chance to surrender. This scene illustrates how high emotions can run during intense police procedures and why it's important to address those emotions before tragedy strikes. Overall, Pretty Hard Cases is a solid entry into the world of police procedural comedies.

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