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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

High-society whodunit downplays sex, drugs, and violence.

TV NBC Drama 2013
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Between the lofty living and pathological lying, there's no denying that Deception has a lot in common with the guilty-pleasure ABC drama Revenge. But once you've seen both shows, this NBC challenger feels far subtler and more grounded in reality, despite a few hard-to-swallow plot points (like the fact that the Bowerses would want a house guest in the first place). In terms of acting and suspense, this isn't The Killing. But the story does succeed at delivering some surprising twists -- you'll just need patience thanks to writers who don't typically drop too many bombs.

On the plus side for parents, the main character makes for a strong female lead who has good intentions in spite of her gift for deception, and she generally makes smart choices when faced with difficult decisions. That means you get your dishy soap with a welcome side of role-modeling.

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