A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show tends to glamorize the seedier sides of Las Vegas (including mob violence), but it balances out with a positive spin on Lamb's stripped-down life on the ranch.
Positive Role Models
The main character uses unconventional tactics and doesn't always adhere to the letter of the law, but he does the things he does in pursuit of justice. He also surrounds himself with like-minded people whom he trusts. On the flipside, there are clear villains, so it's easy to spot the "bad guys."
Violence & Scariness
Realistic violence includes fistfights, some shooting, and injuries, but with minimal blood. Dead bodies are common. Some cases involve sexual crimes like rape, but they aren't depicted in a graphic way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild innuendo between characters along with brief shots of kissing/making out.
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Swearing includes words like "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking. Some characters smoke cigarettes (accurate for the era).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vegas depicts the violence of 1960s Las Vegas in a mostly realistic way, including fistfights, gun fights, and murders. There's minimal blood, although dead bodies do pop up regularly, and some cases involve sexual crimes like rape. Viewers will also catch some mild sexual innuendo between characters, along with kissing and skimpy costumes -- but nothing too graphic or revealing. Language is surprisingly mild and mostly involves words like "damn." There's social drinking, and some characters smoke cigarettes (which is accurate for the '60s setting).
Is It Any Good?
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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