Reviews by Jen Chapin-Smith
Jack the Ripper's London
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Set in late 19th century London, not long after Jack the Ripper has stopped his murder spree--although, of course, no one at the time knew whether the blood bath had truly ended--"Ripper Street" focuses on Detective Reid as he investigates murders in Whitechapel, now infamous because of the serial killer.

Our protagonist brings on staff at the police station a drunken American doctor to work as the medical examiner and together the pair solve crimes.

The show has interesting male main characters, but only shallow female main characters. In fairness, it at least has some female characters, unlike some police shows. There are several anachronisms, such as vocabulary and technology.

This show is violent, crude, contains full nudity and so is very inappropriate for children.
Victorian Police Force
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Set in late 19th century London, not long after Jack the Ripper has stopped his murder spree--although, of course, no one at the time knew whether the blood bath had truly ended--"Ripper Street" focuses on Detective Reid as he investigates murders in Whitechapel, now infamous because of the serial killer.

Our protagonist brings on staff at the police station a drunken American doctor to work as the medical examiner and together the pair solve crimes.

The show has interesting male main characters, but only shallow female main characters. In fairness, it at least has some female characters, unlike some police shows. There are several anachronisms, such as vocabulary and technology.

This show is violent, crude and so very inappropriate for children.
Karma
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Earl Hickey is a lazy, selfish and ignorant resident of Camden County whose life changes suddenly when he gets hit by a bus after winning the lottery. He decides karma wants him to change his life, so he makes a list of everyone he has ever hurt and then tries to make it up to them.

The series is both funny and touching, especially as it makes viewers think about their own actions and prejudices. Earl goes through his list of his life's misdeeds and finds the people he hurt, then asks them how he can make it up to them. The results are usually hilarious and often unexpected.

The show has a large and diverse cast of characters living in Earl's small town. We see the same actors repeatedly, which gives the town a sense of continuity.
Entertaining and Enlightening
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Earl Hickey is a lazy, selfish and ignorant resident of Camden County whose life changes suddenly when he gets hit by a bus after winning the lottery. He decides karma wants him to change his life, so he makes a list of everyone he has ever hurt and then tries to make it up to them.

The series is both funny and touching, especially as it makes viewers think about their own actions and prejudices. Earl goes through his list of his life's misdeeds and finds the people he hurt, then asks them how he can make it up to them. The results are usually hilarious and often unexpected.
Entertaining and Enlightening
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Earl Hickey is a lazy, selfish and ignorant resident of Camden County whose life changes suddenly when he buys a winning lottery ticket then suddenly gets hit by a bus. While in the hospital he hears someone on TV talking about karma and realizes that karma wants him to change his life. This is just in time, too, as his wife serves him with divorce papers and takes their home in the process. Living in a motel with his brother, Earl starts to try to make up for all his ill deeds, having written a long list of them during his hospital stay.

The series is both funny and touching, especially as it makes viewers think about their own actions and prejudices. Earl goes through his list of his life's misdeeds and finds the people he hurt, then asks them how he can make it up to them. The results are usually hilarious and often unexpected.