Stone Undercover

TV review by
Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media
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Canadian crime-solving drama gets the job done.

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Positive Messages

It's not a great message when a convict is plucked from jail before his sentence is up to help the local police, but he does his job well and doesn't revert to crime.

Violence

The main character gets involved in fistfights but primarily uses his wits and cunning to one-up his opponents.

Sex
Language

"Ass," hell," and "son of a bitch" are used.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the protagonist of this crime drama (which is also known as Tom Stone) is an ex-con who's sprung from jail when the local police realize they need his wily ways to help them nab criminals. This could send the wrong message to younger viewers: that punishment isn't set in stone. Like MacGyver, the main character relies more on smarts than weapons to get out of jams, but this is a series about crime, so there is some unsavory behavior.

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What's the story?

In STONE UNDERCOVER, a crime drama that originally aired in Canada, an ex-cop/ex-con is unexpectedly released from jail when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police recruits him to help them solve their most difficult cases. Tom Stone (Chris William Martin) is a roguish former oil rigger who does his best work on cases that re?uire an undercover officer. His boss is Corporal Marina Di Luzio (Janet Kidder) who prefers more conventional crime-fighting methods and often butts heads with her new charge as she tries her best to keep a leash on him. The pair's cases have them traveling to industrial parks and office towers across Alberta, Calgary, in search of people suspected of political corruption, fraud, and organized crime.

Is it any good?

The tug-of-war between Stone and Di Luzio is compelling, as are the ways in which Stone infiltrates the worlds that his suspects inhabit. There are often fistfights and tussles when the suspects discover Stone's true identity, but the show never gets too violent. It doesn't exactly break the crime drama mold, but if older tweens are interested, there's not too much here that parents will find offensive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of an undercover officer. Why is going undercover a particularly dangerous job? What skills do you need to do that kind of work? Do you think it's always exciting? Families can also talk about Stone's situation -- is it realistic that he's pulled out of jail to help the cops?

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