TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bland soap opera features sexual situations and violence.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Extreme consequences of betrayal, ranging from lack of loyalty to infidelity, are major themes in the show.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters' behaviors range from being dishonest and lacking integrity to engaging in criminal activities.


Murder is a major theme. Guns, shootings, and bloody wounds visible.


Marriage and infidelity are major themes. Some sexual situations, including couples appearing in their underwear, removing their clothes, or being fully undressed while engaging in sexual activity (but no private parts are actually shown).


Words like "ass" and "hell" audible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, cocktails) visible during meals and at social events. References are made to drug deals.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Betrayal is a dramatic series that isn't meant for kids, thanks to mature themes such as infidelity and murder. It also includes regular sexual situations, including images of couples showing a lot of skin (but no actual private parts) while engaging in sexual activity. Guns and bloody wounds are visible, and on occasional words like "ass" are audible. Drinking (wine, cocktails) is frequently shown during meals and social functions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygsv August 13, 2015

Very good

It is by no means bland. It is one of the best TV series I ever saw. Shame it was discontinued.
Parent Written byXiaotian Wang November 12, 2013

Be patient, it wont be a good show if the climax coming too soon

Maybe the story is a little bland,but i like Hannah Ware, who is the reason i love this show!

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What's the story?

Based on a popular Dutch TV show, BETRAYAL is a dramatic series starring Hannah Ware as Sara Hanley, a professional photographer who is seemingly happily married to high-profile Chicago prosecutor Drew Stafford (Chris Johnson). Sparks fly when she meets Jack McAllister (Stuart Townsend), who serves as in-house counsel for corrupt entrepreneur Thatcher Karsten (played by James Cromwell). As Sara and Jack sort out their feelings for each other, Jack's wife Elaine (Wendy Moniz), who just happens to be Karsten's daughter, is building her own café business while trying to distance herself from her shady father. Things get even more complicated when McAllister acts as the defense attorney for Thatcher's mentally challenged son T.J. (Henry Thomas), who is facing a murder investigation headed up by Stafford.

Is it any good?

Thanks to the flawed -- but somewhat likable -- ensemble cast, Betrayal offers enough compelling narratives to create a knotty soap opera world in which (not surprisingly) infidelity, murder, and mystery are central themes. Also adding to the show's appeal are some titillating moments designed to push the edge of suitable content for prime-time network television.

Despite the edgy content, the show is a bit bland thanks to its failure to offer characters and stories that are particularly unique or clever. It's enough to satisfy folks looking for a simple guilty pleasure, but for those looking for a more interesting and sophisticated drama, Betrayal will simply be forgettable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characteristics of a TV soap opera. What makes them different from other dramatic programs? Is it the cast members? The story lines?

  • What are some of the differences between the content that is shown on American TV versus shows from other countries? For example, why are some countries comfortable with featuring nudity, sexual activity, and strong language on their local programs but not violent images?

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