Season 1, Episode 1 - Who Framed the Good Cop?

THE GOOD COP: Season One

Content: -1 Discretion advised for older children.
Number:Season 1, Episode 1
Air Date:09/21/2018

What You Need To Know:

Netflix’s new series THE GOOD COP introduces viewers to a pathological rule follower, NYPD Detective TJ Caruso, played by Josh Groban. Several moments of comedy surround his compulsive honesty, like when he won’t drive through a broken red light. TJ lives with his father, Tony Caruso (Tony Danza), a disgraced former officer just out of prison for being dirty. In this first episode, Tony is framed for the murder of the man who put him in jail. TJ must solve the case before his father is locked up for a crime he didn’t commit.

THE GOOD COP’s first episode feels a little awkward – like everyone is still figuring out what the show is supposed to be. It tries to walk the line between drama and comedy, but, on the first attempt, does neither successfully. Groban, especially, needs to warm up in his role. This first episode paints a stark line between TJ’s high ethical standards (maybe including Christianity; he has a Bible in his beside drawer), and Tony’s low ethical standards. Some crude humor and mild violence make this episode unsuitable for children.


(BB, PP, C, L, V, S, N, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
  Strong moral worldview where balance between a high moral and ethical code (including complete honesty and commitment to every rule) and a low moral code (where every rule can be bent) is presented and ultimately the higher moral code is painted as better, though perhaps too limiting, with strong patriotic content presenting American police officers as heroes who are held to a high moral standard, and one image of a Bible kept in a bedside drawer;

Foul Language:
  One obscenity, several profanities (including Jesus’ name), several mild examples of toilet humor;

  Some mild violence, including a gunfight and several images of dead bodies;

  No explicit sexual content, but several crude sexual jokes including one joke about waiting until an underage girl is 18 to sleep with her;

  Upper male nudity;

Alcohol Use:
  One mention of alcohol use, one mention of previously owning a liquor license;

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
  One man smokes a cigar, but no drug content; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
 Greed, gambling, joking about adultery, etc.



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