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The Inspectors

The Inspectors

Spring 2017 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

The U.S. Postal Service has never looked as good as it does in this half-hour family drama.

The Inspectors centers around Amanda Wainwright (played by Jessica Lundy) and her smart, charismatic son, Preston (Bret Green), a college student who lost the use of his legs and his father in a car accident not too long ago. Preston is still struggling with the aftermath of the loss and with his new life in a wheelchair.

The main plot of each episode highlights a crime that involves abuse of the postal service. A lottery scam targeting elderly people and steroid drugs being sold illegally through the mail are two recent storylines. Those focus on Inspector-mom Amanda, who is gutsy, smart and likes to make wisecracks when she nabs her postal perps. "Looks like you lost the Jamaican lottery," she says to one criminal.

Subplots usually revolve around Preston and whatever challenges he's having with his friends, Noah and Veronica, or at school.

Heartfelt talks between mother and son ring true. "Mom, you're the strongest person I know," he says at one point during a poignant moment. And she encourages him in the romance department by saying, "When you find the right person it will not be about how you are, but who you are."

While the show may not have quite the quality edge of a premium show, it offers inspirational and educational messages along with a compelling story. And it's enjoyable. Consider this a Parents' Choice Awards stamp of approval.

Ann Oldenburg   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, assistant director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, began her career at The Washington Post and went on to spend more than two decades with USA Today, where she covered pop culture topics. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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