A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Pretensions and being a Hollywood insider is mocked consistently. "You've got the Ry guy," says Ryan Hansen, answering his phone during a tense stakeout and defending his actions: "It's a callback!" There is some trash-talking, mostly directed at Hansen: "They let you in here now?" sneers a more successful rival.
Positive Role Models
Hansen is charmingly self-effacing and not afraid to make fun of himself. "I'm from San Diego, so I speak bro," he tells partner Jessica Mathers, who is more of a staight-ahead dedicated-detective type, and who frequently insults Hansen. The cast boasts diversity, with women and people of color in strong central roles.
Violence & Scariness
The violent content is typically on a police-procedural level: dead bodies, some gore (a suspect's ear is shot off when Hansen tries to twirl a gun, a man is shot and blood and gore covers Hansen's face as he screams he can "taste his DNA"), a man is thrown off a bridge. Officers use guns and shoot with deadly force.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some sexual references, as in one show when Hansen mentions that YouTube Red sounds like the name of two "huge online pornography sites" (he mentions them by name), or when another actor says that he didn't know Hansen had "the pipe" for porn. A villain mock-celebrates getting a callback for a role by air-humping the heads of two women in bikinis lying face-down on pool chairs (the women are unaware of the air-humping).
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Cursing and vulgar language includes "bulls--t," "f--k," "a--hole," "dips--t," "badass," "goddammit," "bitch," "dildo."
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Products & Purchases
Hansen frequently refers (satirically) to Hollywood in-crowd maneuvering: after-after parties, a fancy hotel where you can't get in "without a rezzie." Logos and signs of various Los Angeles locations are shown briefly.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at clubs and parties; passing references to getting drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television mocks police procedurals yet functions as a procedural itself. Expect violence levels the likes of which you've seen on TV crime shows: dead bodies, some blood and gore, guns and gunfights. Violence occasionally rises to intense levels, like in a scene where a suspect is shot by Mathers and gore and blood covers Hansen's face as he screams he can "taste his DNA." The overall lighthearted tone of the show may make these moments less disturbing. There are some sexual moments, too, like when an actor says he didn't know a rival had "the pipe" for porn or a man mock-humps two unaware women lying on pool chairs. Cursing and language includes "bulls--t," "f--k," "assh--e," "dips--t," "badass," "goddammit," "bitch" (a man saying it to a woman, than another man to that man), "dildo." Adults are shown drinking at parties, and being drunk is mentioned as a precursor to violent behavior. Hollywood insider maneuvering is frequently mocked, as is Hansen, who is called a "moron" and other unflattering things, yet is clearly in on the joke and making fun of himself and his star status. Women and people of color have strong main roles.
Is It Any Good?
What might have been slight and formulaic soars, thanks to the charm and chemistry of co-leads Hansen and Wiley, plus fresh gags that poke fun at Hollywood life, police procedurals, and Hansen himself. He's obviously having a great time as he plays himself being just thrilled with his new crime-fighting job, and showing his partner the local ropes. When the two hear that a dead man was associated with a local hotel, Hansen explains that the spot is "real old-school Hollywood glamour -- Kylie Jenner puked there once!" Later, sitting poolside trading information with an informant, Hansen wonders "Should I take my shirt off right now? It kind of feels like McConaughey would."
The police-procedural plot is really, it turns out, just a framework on which to hang jokes. And they're good ones, so that makes Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television lots of fun to watch, particularly for those who know something about show business, or want to. Having solved a crime, Hansen turns self-importantly to the distressed damsel who's just been saved and tells her she's gonna be just fine, courtesy of the Celebrity Vice Squad. "Really? That's a dumb name for a show," she says. "Well, you're a day player on it, so you can thank me for 12 months of SAG health insurance," he sniffs back. Ha ha, funny! And, educational.
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