Taxi Brooklyn

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Milder cop drama has some cursing, intimacy, gunplay.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The show's sympathies lie with law and order; crime is not glamorized.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Caitlyn "Cat" Sullivan is a determined woman who works hard and gets things done. The other main character is a devoted dad with a difficult job that he doesn't complain about. The cast boasts racial and ethnic diversity and women in positions of power.

Violence

The show is set in a criminal milieu: The audience sees gunplay, deaths, and dead bodies. However, bodies tend to be seen in quick flashes, and there is little blood.

Sex

Many characters are single and looking to hook up. We see a couple in bed, flirting, and making references to a one-night stand. There are jokes about sex and body parts.

Language

Some cursing ("What the hell are you doing?") as well as assorted other epithets ("douchebag," "a--hole").
 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs feature as an element in criminal cases.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Taxi Brooklyn is a police drama concerning an officer who begins investigating crimes with a taxi driver. Compared with other police dramas, there is relatively low violence. The viewer sees plenty of gunplay, high-speed car chases, and even some blood and dead bodies, but the violent acts are shown in quick cuts and the camera doesn't linger on violence or death. Language is generally mild, though there are some curses ("what the hell are you doing?") and other rough language. There are references to casual sex and body parts as well as flirting and dating; we see a couple in bed, but no nudity or sex is shown on-screen.

User Reviews

Adult Written byJared Galczynski June 26, 2014

Taxi MAYRA.

AY MAYRA. This is certainly the best taxi show I have ever seen, or maybe not quite, after all the funny cartoons I've seen involving taxis. Only one has a... Continue reading
Adult Written byRedlightrunner July 16, 2014

Texting

When the female cop texting and it pops up is stupid. First you can't read it because it's too small. And if I wanted to read subtitles I would watch... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Based on the same Luc Besson movie that spawned the 2004 movie Taxi, TAXI BROOKLYN is centered on the difficult life of Detective Caitlyn "Cat" Sullivan (Chyler Leigh). She recently lost her dad under violent circumstances, and she's determined to solve his murder. But in the course of investigating a different, yet seemingly related, crime, her reckless driving leads her higher-ups to forbid her to get behind the wheel of a police car. It looks like it's desk work and the foot patrol for Detective Sullivan, but then she collides with flirty taxi driver Leo Romba (Jacky Ido), a Frenchman who drives a taxi and who agrees to cart her around as penance his own crimes.

Is it any good?

With a weak plot and so-so acting, Taxi Brooklyn mainly comes off as a rehash of other, better cop movies and TV shows you've seen before, including the 2004 Queen Latifah/Jimmy Fallon vehicle that was so bad in the first place, you wonder why NBC chose to revisit it. Chyler Leigh seems to be sleepwalking through her part; perhaps that's because it seems anemic, a mash-up of tough-but-pretty lady cops with a tragic secret. Ido comes off better, even if he, too, is a character you've seen before, the charming Frenchman whom women can't resist but who also has a tragic past.

The one interesting element of the show is the high-speed car chases, which crackle with the energy that's lacking from the rest of the show. Viewers will perk up whenever Sullivan and Leo are careening all over the road in pursuit of criminals. As soon as they're out of the taxi, things sag again. The presence of Ally Walker as Cat's zesty, recently widowed mom makes things briefly interesting whenever she's on-screen, but she's a minor character at best. This is the very opposite of appointment TV, something non-threatening and relatively easy to watch if it happens to appear on your screen and you don't feel like reaching for the remote. Otherwise, stick to other, better cop dramas.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Taxi Brooklyn is a realistic show. Do the police officers look like other officers you've seen? Do the crimes seem like real crimes that might be investigated?

  • Taxi Brooklyn is set in Brooklyn. Is it shot there? How can you tell? Have you ever seen a TV show "set" in a city that's filmed elsewhere? Again, how can you tell? Why would a show's directors or creators do this?

  • Are the protagonists of Taxi Brooklyn rich or poor? What gives you clues to their economic statuses?

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