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AMC’s Small Town Security, Big Characters

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Stuck with 90 minutes to fill the other night, I caught up on the latest show from AMC, Small Town Security. Three episodes in, I was damn impressed. It wasn’t the standard fare of aiming a camera at an odd segment of life – Cajun alligator hunters, Alaskan truckers, Sasquatch lumberjacks – and just letting the freak flags fly.

Small Town Security had complex characters, represented in a sophisticated way. It’s more about the unique folks that populate Jjk Security than it is about, well, caricatures of small town rent-a-cops. Setting is secondary. The brush isn’t broad. True to form for the potent AMC production team, even seamy reality TV is handled with an exquisite hand.

That’s not to say Small Town Security isn’t outlandish. I had a difficult time accepting that it was reality. It scans more like a Christopher Guest film, balancing the bizarre with the sentimental.
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