Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this crime series (a remake of a same-named British show) features behavior that would be considered very "un-PC" today but was socially acceptable in the 1970s -- including plenty of sexism and racism, as well as cigarette smoking and drinking. There's also lots of violence, ranging from gunfire to detectives assaulting alleged criminals, uncooperative witnesses, and, on occasion, fellow police officers. While the language is relatively mild, words like "ass" are occasionally heard.
Characters exhibit the sexist attitudes and behavior that were prevalent in the 1970s. Words like "gams" are used to describe women's legs. Some scenes show adults are kissing in bed, but characters are fully dressed.
Lots of guns; shots are often fired. Lt. Hunt believes in "roughing up" witnesses, alleged criminals, and even fellow officers. Lots of punching, pushing, and shoving. Scenes show car accidents and people jumping through windows. Bloody clothing is sometimes visible. References to violent sexual behavior and serial killers.
Language includes occasional use of words like "ass" and "hell."
In 2008, Sam's precinct is a diverse mix of men, women, African-American, and Caucasian officers. In 1973, it's mostly made up of male Caucasians; women are in a separate (and less high-profile) unit. Attitudes about race, gender, and other social issues in 1973 reflect the thinking of the time.
In the 2008 scenes, an Apple iPod is clearly visible. Lots of visual references to classic 1970s shows like Kojak and Starsky & Hutch. Also features lots of tunes from the early '70s, including David Bowie's song "Life on Mars" and songs by The Sweet, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and others.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Lots of references to drinking and being drunk; police officers and detectives are shown drinking scotch and other liquor. Cigarette smoking also visible, as was typical in the early '70s.