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The Inspectors

The Inspectors

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

Did you know that the United States Postal Inspection Service is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country? The half-hour dramatic series,The Inspectors, centers around U.S. Postal Inspector Amanda Wainwright and her super-smart son Preston.

Each episode highlights a crime that involves abuse of the postal service. Illegal ivory tusk importing and its impact on African elephants, and defrauding the elderly through cyber scams are two recent examples.

Subplots involve Preston, who uses a wheelchair ("After he lost his dad and the use of his legs in a car accident..."), and his friends as they navigate the challenges of friendship and young adulthood. A little CSI, a little civics lesson, and a little coming of age Afterschool Special, this show touches a lot of bases important to families.

Despite the high production values, the crimes may not be exciting enough to capture the interest of many young viewers; some of the well-intentioned messages are delivered with a heavy hand - but the heart of the show is in the right place. As the plots and the dialogue are tightened up, young audiences may give it more attention.

Ann Hillers   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Ann Hillers, a creative writing graduate of Duke University, is a mother of three boys and a former international tour director. Her work led her all around the globe and she's imparted her kids with the same wanderlust. They have traveled together to 20 countries including South Africa, Botswana, Nicaragua, Colombia, Laos, Cambodia, and Indonesia, where they all became certified scuba divers. After living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for six years the family now resides in California.

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Litton Entertainment

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