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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that lying is a main theme in this FBI drama. The lead character, who is skilled at sussing out liars, has a difficult relationship with her mother and father, whom she has grown to distrust after discovering that they lied to her as a child. She and her boyfriend have a sexual relationship, and her job involves solving crimes, some of which include some mild violence.
What's the story?
Featuring an executive producer who also worked on the Oscar-winning movie Crash, ANGELA'S EYES tells the story of Angela Henson (Abigail Spencer), a young FBI agent with a remarkable ability to uncover lies. Each week Angela hunts down suspects and solves crimes with the guidance of her boss, Gene (Rick Roberts), and the cooperation of colleagues Leo (Lyriq Bent) and Dozer (Joe Cobden). Of course, Angela's ability to detect lies is also a curse; her gift makes her unable to trust those close to her, including beau Peter (Peter Hermann).
Is it any good?
Thanks to decent acting, particularly by Spencer, the characters overcome a somewhat trite script to become three-dimensional and endearing. While Angela's Eyes follows the same format as procedural crime shows like Law & Order and CSI, like Alias, it draws viewers in with its ongoing plot lines -- such as Angela's relationships with her parents and Peter -- in addition to each week's suspenseful storyline. Ultimately, although Angela's Eyes doesn't really offer too much that viewers haven't seen before, it's entertaining enough for fans of the genre.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about criminals. What drives people to break the law? How can greed or desire for revenge get out of control? In Angela's case, her job and her family are tangled together -- is this a healthy situation? Is it a good idea to work with family members? Which of your family members would you want (or not want!) to work with?