A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series makes law enforcement look like a joke, which is great for the sake of comedy but isn't meant to be a serious message.
Positive Role Models
The cops drink, swear, and frequently break the law, although their slip-ups -- from tampering with evidence to goofing around at crimes scene -- aren't intentional; they're usually just the result of simple stupidity. Fortunately, the officers' moral blunders rarely yield positive results. It's clear that the crew generally cares for and supports one another but they don't always do a very good job of showing it.
Violence & Scariness
Since this is a show about law enforcement, guns are a regular part of the action. But all violent acts are committed in the name of comedy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Officers regularly encounter sex workers as part of their daily beats. Nudity (of the breasts and buttocks variety) is sometimes implied but always blurred out.
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Minor swearing ("pissed," "damn," "whore," "bitch," etc.) is frequent, but usually used for comic effect. More serious infractions ("s--t," "f--k," "motherf----r") are also frequent but are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
In Reno, "the biggest little city in the world," gambling is a visible cash cow.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug busts involving cocaine, crack, and marijuana pop up on the police scanner from time to time. Cops are also occasionally called in to break up drunken brawls -- and sometimes take part in them, too.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a majority of the dialogue in this guerrilla-style, tongue-and-cheek parody is improvised by the actors, so, for the most part, anything goes. The motley crew of "cops" who make up the Reno police force also frequently swear and violate the law, and they generally make terrible role models. But there's good news, in a way: Their slip-ups aren't intentional; they're usually just the result of simple stupidity. No role models to be found here, but plenty of comedy. The seventh season is available on short-form platform Quibi, but features the same actors and overall hijinks.
Is It Any Good?
Most parents would like their kids to grow up with a healthy respect for both police officers and the law, and that's the problem with this show when it comes to family viewing. It's bad enough that the officers aren't very good at their jobs; even worse, they frequently go out of their way to goof off -- and sometimes even break the law. It's hilarious stuff for grown-up viewers who prefer their satire droll and dark, but it's not meant for kids.
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