'Small Town Security'

Returns in 2013, AMC
Say you're the victim of foul play. Maybe your pet's gone MIA, or some other such chicanery. You might need a security detail. If you live near Ringgold, Ga., you might need JJK Security and Investigations -- aka 'Small Town Security,' subject of a quirky new reality TV series on AMC. But this isn't your standard-issue reality TV. Like Christopher Guest meets 'Fargo,' it's 'Law and Order' for the rural crowd.

The show follows sass-talking, potty-mouthed "Chief" Joan Koplan and her husband, "Captain" Irwin, owners of JJK. Joan's always dreamed of being a star, and Irwin's a borderline hoarder with an ever-shifting crop of hair that begs its own investigation. Since there are a few slow crime days in a town of 3,600, they shoot a lot of breeze about sex, past lives, and questionable personal hygiene.

Most fascinating is Dennis "Lieutenant" Croft, a former Y2K extremist with a complex personal life. He takes his post very seriously: "My mission is to sneak around and try get to places where I shouldn't be. And if I get caught, that's good. That's good for them."

You can't write this stuff. That's why it's a reality show. With such big personalities, it's unclear how they'd keep a low profile on a stakeout. But who cares? Even if you don't have anybody to tail, go for the conversation. You won't be bored. See It to Believe It
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