Parents' Guide to

Steven Seagal: Lawman

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Action star chases real-life bad guys in edgy reality show.

TV A&E Reality TV 2009
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Steven Seagal: Lawman highlights how the erstwhile action star applies Zen thinking and Aikido to his work. But aside from the dusting of movie star glitz that Seagal brings to the proceedings, the show follows more or less the same format as reality police shows like COPS and Street Patrol. In any given episode, you can expect to see law enforcement officials chasing and arresting alleged criminals in the middle of the night while reminding viewers that these suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

The series sends some stereotypical messages about the relationship between race, poverty, and crime. And Seagal's rather pretentious talk about his martial arts skills gets a little tiresome. But there's no doubt that his fans will get a kick out of watching the him chase alleged bad guys in this real-life setting.

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