Three generations of Dallas police officers join together to track down the deadliest serial killer ever to terrorize Texas.

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Series cast summary:
 Tom Carr 2 episodes, 1999
 Howard Carr 2 episodes, 1999
 Helen Carr 2 episodes, 1999
 Matt Carr 2 episodes, 1999
 Francesca 2 episodes, 1999
Charles Homet ...
 Eugene Carr 2 episodes, 1999
 Tyler Harris-Carr 2 episodes, 1999
 Chief Dekker 2 episodes, 1999
Rainoldo Gooding ...
 Keith's Associate 2 episodes, 1999
Cynthia Dorn ...
 Dr. Zimmerman 2 episodes, 1999


The Carr Family is a well known family of cops, for three generations now. Now the current generation of cops are investigating a serial killer who murders his victims all differently so they can't trace them all back to him. Yet the murder starts sending Tom Carr, at the police station, videos with him, the serial killer, on it. If that wasn't bad enough. Tom and his wife Helen have to care for their nephew, Matt, when his mom is killed and his dad is hospitalized one night after a shooting at a near convince store. The killer starts to get personal now and attacks the Carr family, by kidnapping and threatening to kill Matt. What will the Carr family do in this time of Crisis? Will Matt be saved in enough time or be the next victim to the killer? Written by Princessmaniac1

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Three generations of cops... one serial killer.


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14 February 1999 (USA)  »

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Family Shield  »

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The character of Tom Carr is loosely based on fourth generation New York cop Tom Walker, his father Howard Carr on Walker's father, and his daughter Tyler on Walker's daughter Mary Anne. See more »

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Based on Fact/Family movie
18 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

I always seem to enjoy movies/mini-series about families. Family is very important to me, my parents died young, but I do have my children.

I thought "To Serve and Protect" was an excellent family story and it was based on the life of Tom Karr (Craig T. Nelson's character), a Dallas police officer. I've seen much more wooden acting than this for sure. Many times I look for the novels movies are based on and buy the book if the movie is interesting enough.

John Corbett (Brad) was in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." And he doesn't do so bad for himself if you look in his filmography. Craig T. Nelson was in "Coach" for years and "The District" did pretty well for itself. I enjoyed that series very much.

Richard Crenna has since died, but I think he was an excellent actor in the role of "Grandpa" going way back to "The Real McCoys." Maybe "Crap" would not be the description for this movie/mini-series if more people in this country would pay more attention to the credits in any film or television series and to "the details" in everyday life. "Stop and smell the roses" once in a while, think things out, look up the actors, see how much experience they have, watch some of their other films/movies/TV shows and maybe someone would not have called this movie "Crap."

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