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Being Mary Jane

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Great successful-woman series with sexy stuff.

TV BET Comedy 2013
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Many a network show has captured the life of a lovely young something-or-other: doctor, teacher, lawyer. Watching a woman in her early 30s work to get ahead in her career while navigating her own love life is a time-tested television formula, but Being Mary Jane distinguishes itself with fresh, smart writing and an appealing ensemble of cast members, each of whom have their own soapy problems to deal with.

Union herself, who's struggled to find the right roles since her breakout role in the cheerleader flick Bring It On, is enormously sympathetic in her nuanced portrayal of Mary Jane. She doesn't always make the right decisions (having sex with Andre at the gym might have been the wrong choice, for one thing), but she's so intelligent and emotionally savvy that watching her is a towering pleasure. Add to that a warm and loving family (which adds its own complications), and a circle of zesty friends and Being Mary Jane transcends its seen-it premise to become something quite rare: A realistic portrait of a young woman learning how to be her best self. This show is highly recommended, though parents may want to watch with teens to counter any too-mature messages.

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