A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
While the series sends strong messages about the necessity to fight addiction and the importance of friendship and relationships, it also has a strong focus on themes like murder, illegal activities, addiction, and unethical ways of doing business.
Positive Role Models
Dolworth and Pollack are good friends with ultimately good motives, but they're also guys who aren't afraid to engage in illicit tactics to get information. Dolworth is a recovering alcoholic who's now clean and encourages others to get help.
Violence & Scariness
Some punching, kicking, fighting, throwing, and gun violence. Bloody gun shot wounds (usually on murder victims) are clearly visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual acts -- including people in partial stages of undress and brief partial nudity (bare buttocks) -- are visible.
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Words like "ass," "pissed," "goddamn," and "s--t" are audible. Also some slang like "boned."
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Products & Purchases
Apple iPhones are clearly visible (and talked about).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcoholism is a major theme of the show. Hank is a recovering alcoholic; some of his former colleagues continue to drink. Beer and wine drinking are visible. References to drugs like speed. Cigarettes are also visible; references are made to quitting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dramatic comedy series about friends/unconventional private eyes has lots of adult content, including unbleeped language ("s--t") and some sexual activity and partial nudity (bare buttocks are visible). Physical assaults, gun violence, and bloody gunshot wounds are also visible, and alcohol addiction and drug use are major themes. Teens with a taste for edgy fare will probably be drawn to it, but parents will want to exercise caution before giving the OK to tune in.
Is It Any Good?
This adult-oriented series successfully combines quick-witted humor and suspenseful drama to create a show that's plenty of fun to watch. The main characters are extremely likable despite being chronically flawed, and the show's effective writing makes its otherwise ordinary storylines more interesting.
People who like investigative TV shows will enjoy this series. But while it's entertaining, some of its content is decidedly adult. Still, for viewers both old and mature enough to handle it, Terriers offers up some solid entertainment.
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