Parents' Guide to

Small Town Security

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Quirky characters, salty talk make for funny reality.

TV AMC Reality TV 2012
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

I love "REAL"

I love this show! It is funny, it cheers me up & makes me laugh on a bad day. This show is real. It is real people, real life, and I love real! You don't find "Real" too often these days. And. they actually interact with their fans, they do not let the fact they are on tv get to their heads. They are great people.
age 14+

Well Worth Watching!

I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Small Town Security during season 1 and 2. I find it funny, honest, interesting and complete entertainment. I suggested 14yrs for viewing, but would not hesitate to take my grandson for a visit, because there is nothing different going on there, than what he experiences in his daily life. We all are human and you can only shelter a child so much and STS is after all, reality TV. I thoroughly enjoy the flavor of each of the characters, love to watch their spiritual growth, laugh at their dry humor and watch as they comfort each other, during challenging times. Normal with a twist, is the best way to describe them all. Well worth watching!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The airwaves are rife with reality shows set in the South, and too often they're just an excuse to make fun of country folk. But Small Town Security treats its subjects with delicacy and respect, lending sweetness to a show that could have been Reno 911!-ish. Central character Joan Koplan is a corker, simultaneously vulgar and sweet, unashamed about being a sixtyish hedonist with a dirty mind and a lust for fame. Her mission in life, she shares, was "either be a police officer or a celebrity. I've always had a quest for attention." At the center of the action at JJK, she answers calls and dispatches business crisply, before turning her attention to more interesting office matters such as trying to figure out which employee should fairly be tasked with cleaning the office bathroom.

It's not very exciting to watch a security officer at work, standing stiffly on guard, so Small Town Security wisely dispenses with most of those scenes in favor of watching the JJK officers gossiping or going about their daily lives. One fertile source of gossip is the private life of Lieutenant Dennis Croft, who was born a woman, and whose female-to-male transformation has scandalized some in Ringgold, including some of Croft's co-workers. Joan Koplan, however, is supportive of Croft, and both she and the show treat Croft as just another JJK-er, hard at work at a job that often goes unnoticed.

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