The Glades

TV review by
Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Bodies pile up in swamp-set show about quirky detective.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 3 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The show presents the Everglades as a place where the heat sometimes makes people go a little crazy and bad things happen. People get angry, they lose control, and pretty soon detective Longworth is fishing another corpse out of the swamp.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Detective Jim Longworth is too smart for his own good, alienating colleagues and friends with his know-it-all attitude. Of course, he’s usually right ... which only encourages him to keep acting like a smart aleck.


Dead bodies are common in this cop show, and after festering in the swamp for a few days, they aren’t always pretty. Some scenes feature guns, though they're brandished more often than they're fired.


Some flirting and suggestive dialogue -- including discussions about underage teens having sex -- but little on-screen action. Very quick glimpses of a naked male backside in a hospital setting.


Language includes “s--t,” “ass,” and “a--hole.”


A few clearly identifiable car models, including a Subaru and the Kia Sorrento.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes show people, including children, smoking cigarettes. There's also some drinking at bars and parties, sometimes by people who might be underage.

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").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLarryray December 31, 2019

Laisse Faire cop Show

Very repetitive plot lines. Limpid supportive characters. The worse finale ever filmed in a series. Pass more is entertaining.
Adult Written byLDScomicnerd April 6, 2015

Edgy but fun show

This show has great characters, interesting stories and is well made. I have seen most of the episodes (Netflix version). On the Netflix version, the language i... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBella Dancer August 14, 2012

Common Sense Media is Overreacting

I think that this show is just fine for teens 14 and up. It has some good messages about crime and the main character is a genuinely good person. The only perso... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old June 18, 2011

NOT FOR KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

good series NOT FOR KIDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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?

  • How does the show portray underage drinking and smoking? What are the consequences of both in real life?

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