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TV review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
Damages TV Poster Image
Dark, criminally good legal thriller. Adults only.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The main character seems to be a good, moral person, but she becomes involved with a cutthroat boss and wrestles with doing the right thing. Her boss fights for good causes but uses underhanded, illegal, and cruel means.


Several bloody crime scenes, one showing a dog with its throat cut and another showing a man slashed up. Threats of violence. Motorcycle accident (no blood).


At least one sex scene that shows very little but feels very intimate, with close-ups on slow kissing and skin.


Frequent profanity, especially "s--t," though "ass," "bitch," and "hell" are also used often.


Mention of Quiznos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several social drinking scenes, including a comment about liquor helping a person deal with stress. At least one peripheral bad guy smokes cigarettes.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this legal thriller contains several bloody scenes, including one of a man who's been brutally murdered. The camera lingers on his slashed, mutilated body, as well as the blood-smeared walls that indicate a violent struggle. One scene shows a dog with its throat cut lying in a pool of blood. At least one sex scene; it shows very little but is very intimate, with close-ups on slow kissing and skin. Several characters seem good but turn out to be bad. Overall, the series is dark and tense -- not great for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPL Hans May 29, 2011

Amazing show; mature content

I'm well into season one, but I can't comment beyond that. So far, I have been kept guessing at what is going on; every episode seems to reveal so mu... Continue reading
Parent Written byedk012 April 9, 2008

Very interesting show, but watcher beware!

I watched this show for at least 6 episodes and just decided that was enough. Loved the plot, characters, etc. and the actors were great, but I kept seeing thi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byshawnp1 June 27, 2015


So, yes, it may use some vulgar language, but it's nothing your kids aren't already hearing from the other kids at school on a daily basis anyway. And... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byLadygagaisawesome August 9, 2012

Boring show

Worst T.v. show ever , its extremely boring to watch be at least 13

What's the story?

This cinematic legal thriller captures the dark, fascinating world of big-time litigation. Glenn Close stars as Patty Hewes, a cutthroat attorney at the top of her game who faces off against allegedly corrupt billionaire businessman Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson). In the middle is beautiful, brilliant young lawyer Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), whom Patty chooses to mentor.

Is it any good?

From the start, viewers know something terrible happens in the end. But the primary narrative occurs in the past and unravels a mystery that is as twisted as it is compelling. The first few scenes show Ellen running out of a fancy New York City apartment building streaked with blood, wearing underwear and a trench coat. The shell-shocked look on her face suggests she's seen or done something horrifying. Only later do viewers see the gruesome scene she's fled.

With high production values, top-notch actors, and a juicy mystery, DAMAGES watches like an hour-long film that keeps viewers itching for a sequel. Luckily for fans, the tense and sometimes frightening episodes keep coming. With several bloody scenes, including a lingering close-up on a brutally murdered victim, as well as some highly intimate moments, Damages is best saved for after the kids are in bed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about winning at all costs. Is winning a goal in itself? Can you think of an example of something that's worth winning no matter what the cost? What drives people to compete? Is it ever OK to use people to accomplish a goal without their knowledge?

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