Parents' Guide to

Vegas

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Corny mob-cowboy mashup mixed with Sin City behavior.

TV CBS Drama 2012
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Great educational show

I loved watching this with my 2 year old. Great insight into how the world used to work (and still should.) I recommend it for everyone!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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VEGAS makes a point to remind you that it's based on the life of Ralph Lamb, the real-deal rancher turned "cowboy sheriff" who helped control corruption in the early years of Sin City's gambling mega-culture. And it's a good thing the show makes that distinction. Otherwise, you might wonder what the writers were thinking when they dreamed up a Marlboro Man on horseback riding, shotgun cocked, through the Las Vegas Strip -- and rubbing elbows with notorious gangsters.

So, OK, it's a little high concept. But other shows have survived on harder-to-swallow premises that weren't even rooted in real life. The trouble with Vegas, however, is that the dialogue does the cast a disservice, making them difficult to buy as three-dimensional characters and, frankly, wasting the talents of Quaid, Chiklis, and Moss. On the surface, it's an easily digestible cop drama that's built around gangsters and cowboys. But once you get past the promising mashup, you won't find much to keep you coming back.

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