Parents' Guide to

The Beast

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Undercover drama exciting, but has questionable role model.

TV A&E Drama 2009
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

I am not impressed.

Feds running roughshod over Constitutional rights is nothing new. They've been doing it since the FBI's inception. Illegal bugging and surveillance is common. Drug use and criminal acts by agents in order to gain the confidence of a target is also common. These people aren't heroes. If it weren't for the badge and the gun, many of them would have become career criminals themselves. Some have.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

THE BEAST is another in a long line of law enforcement dramas centered around cops who don't play by the rules, balancing on the very thin line between criminals and the people who pursue them (as Barker explains, "we know where to cross"). It's not exactly an original setup, even with the twist that Dove has been asked to play double agent, trying to outwit the master.

But Swayze brings flair to the series. He's believable as a possible rogue cop, and he really comes alive when going undercover gives his character the freedom to play criminal. Too bad the wooden Fimmel, a former model, doesn't hold up his end of the show. Luckily, watching Barker educate Dove about the subtle details that can keep an undercover agent alive on the job adds an entertaining layer to an otherwise standard procedural.

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