A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It highlights the day-to-day challenges faced by police officers in Southern rural regions of the United States while on the job.
Positive Role Models
Officers are doing their jobs; some demonstrate compassion while doing it. Alleged criminals range from habitual drunk drivers to people capable of violent activities.
Violence & Scariness
Folks are sought out for crimes like domestic battery and assault; the aftermath of these alleged crimes are shown, including victims with bruises and bloody wounds. A few defendants struggle with police while on camera, or are chased down by SWAT teams. Guns, rifles, and police dogs visible.
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Occasionally there's some bleeped swearing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs and alcohol are responsible for the majority of arrests, ranging from drug production to people committing crimes under the influence of drugs and alcohol. People are sometimes shown under the influence. Marijuana and other drugs are occasionally visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Southern Justice is a police-themed reality series set in the American Appalachian region. Not surprisingly, there's a lot of descriptions of criminal acts ranging from domestic violence to running meth labs. Occasionally altercations between alleged criminals and police are visible; victims of criminal acts are sometimes shown with bruises and bloody wounds. Alcohol and drug use are a major theme here; scenes of people engaging in drunken behavior and drugs like marijuana are visible. There's occasional bleeped swearing, too. Older teens should be able to handle it, but it's not meant for younger kids.
Is It Any Good?
Southern Justice offers a voyeuristic look into the world of law enforcement in an area where the crime culture mainly revolves around alcohol and drugs. It also highlights some of the larger implications these crimes have on the overall communities, including the rise in production, sales, and use of designer drugs in the area, and how this correlates to the increase of reported violent crimes.
It's not always the most action packed show, but Southern Justice offers some insight into the unique social problems that these rural areas are facing today. Watching some of the officers being polite and sympathetic while doing their jobs is also a refreshing change when comparing them to other police-themed reality TV shows. Overall, if you like this sort of reality fare, you will probably find it worth watching.
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