A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is about police work -- specifically the vice squad -- so there's a lot of questionable behavior going on, although it's usually on the part of the suspects. The emphasis is more on the busts than on how the police work is done.
Violence & Scariness
Guns are drawn repeatedly, and there's always the potential for violence. Suspects are often treated very roughly. In one instance, an officer pulls down a handcuffed suspect's pants, ostensibly as he's searching him.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several prostitutes who are busted are shown in their revealing clothes. The nature of their profession also leads to discussion of condoms and other forms of protection.
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Perhaps not surprisingly, there's a fair amount of bleeped language -- and in at least some instances, you can tell what the person actually said.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most of the busts involve drug sales (such is the nature of the vice squad, after all), and there's discussion of the value of the various drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows vice-squad cops as they bust drug sellers, prostitutes, and the like -- isn't age-appropriate for young viewers. Guns are frequently drawn, suspects are often treated roughly/abruptly (including an instance in which two teen girls are asked to lie face down during the course of the arrest), and there's plenty of strong language -- although most of it is bleeped, you can often still tell what was said. The show also focuses much more on the actual busts than on the police work that precedes them, so it doesn't really offer much thoughtful insight into law enforcement.
Is It Any Good?
Ultimately, Vice Squad isn't very interesting -- after all, one arrest looks very much like another. Even segments that focus on "characters" like ditzy hookers are rather dull. The idea is to shock, but the result is so "been there, done that" that it just isn't that shocking. Nor do the officers come off looking that good. Their talk about how they're helping the world feels cheesy rather than noble, especially since some of them are masked (probably with good reason).
Add all of that to the fact that the show is full of references to illegal sex, drugs, gambling, and more, and you can see why this isn't exactly family-friendly viewing.
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