Parents' Guide to

You the Jury

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Viewers choose the verdict in sensational courtroom reality.

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While it's understandable that a network would want to update the boilerplate courtroom-show format, giving murder and racial discrimination cases the glitzy game show treatment is a bit much. The stadium seating lends a Thunderdome-type feel to the proceedings of You the Jury, with glaring spotlights and sound effects adding extra drama. The grandstanding attorneys are beyond over the top, physically circling their foes during cross-examinations while the live audience loudly vocalizes their support or disapproval.

It's one thing to televise civil cases about a neighbor's barking dog or an ex-roommate who trashed your apartment, à la the milder scenarios seen on The People's Court and similar shows, but when the civil cases presented concern human lives being extinguished, there's something very tasteless about treating the proceedings like a monster truck rally. There's a reason actual court cases are decided by a jury of one's peers and not a live television audience.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 7, 2017
  • Network: Fox
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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