A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there are plenty of corpses in this South Florida-set cop show -- many of which have been festering in the swamp and aren't too pretty. The main character is an irritating-but-brilliant detective who manages to both annoy and impress his coworkers as he connects the dots behind every crime (in other words, he's a lot like plenty of other TV cops). Expect some smoking and drinking (including some use of both by underage characters), suggestive dialogue, gun use, and strong language (including "s--t" and "a--hole").
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What's the story?
Detective Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore) sure is smart, and he sure knows how to read people -- but he doesn’t know much about his own interpersonal relations. That’s why he manages to annoy so many of his colleagues with his eccentric investigative habits and quirky hunches that turn out to be right in THE GLADES, a police procedural show set in South Florida. Bodies turn up with surprising regularity, often ditched out in the swamp where the ‘gators can get them. But Longworth isn’t intimidated by either the dangerous reptiles or the crimes. He just wants to close the case so he can get back to the golf course.
Is it any good?
The Glades doesn’t stray too far from the basic cop-show premise, though at least the setting is a little different than the typical city streets. Here, the often oppressive heat in South Florida and the proximity to one of the world’s biggest marsh ecosystems combine to trigger a variety of gruesome crimes ... which the unconventional-but-brilliant Longworth always figures out.
Passmore is both entertaining and annoying in the lead role, but that’s probably just how the character is written. He’s sometimes fun to watch, which is good, because the crimes seem a lot like the cases in so many other cop shows. At least this one has plenty of alligators.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cop shows. Besides the location, does this series seem significantly different from other current police shows? What do they tend to have in common?
Do you think Longworth’s work habits are effective? Would his eccentric techniques be tolerated in a real police department?