By Kari Croop,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Quirky suicide support group drama neither good nor helpful.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The overall message is mixed; while suicide is painted as both a "crime" and a "sin," some characters see it as the only way to "feel alive." Some attempts to see suicide comically.
Positive Role Models
Although the main characters are at a pivotal point in their lives, their past actions are clearly not admirable.
Violence & Scariness
The main characters are members of a support group for people who've tried to kill themselves, with methods ranging from self-poisoning to driving off a cliff. Flashbacks show a woman shooting herself in the head and lying in her own blood, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
When the two main characters meet for the first time, they have sex out in public -- against a fence.
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Some unbleeped swearing (mainly "f--k"), but not constant use.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few characters smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this adult-oriented drama concerns a cast of suicidal characters -- including a teenage boy -- who've recently tried to kill themselves. While the violence isn't always graphic, it certainly hangs heavily in the background and can be shocking and sudden at times. There's also an intense sexual relationship between the two main characters that begins almost immediately after they meet (against a fence on a city street, no less) and some unbleeped swearing (mostly "f--k"). A few characters drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes, too.
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What's the Story?
GRAVITY hits hard when upper-crust doctor Robert Collingsworth (Ivan Sergei) and make-up counter clerk Lily Champagne (Krysten Ritter) prove unsuccessful at killing themselves and ending their misery. Now, as reluctant members of a suicide-suppport group, they're forced to talk about their feelings with others who've shared the same dark emotions they've felt. Led by a wheelchair-bound ex-ballplayer (Ving Rhames), the group includes an overachieving housewife (Robyn Cohen), a former model (Rachel Hunter), a construction worker (James Martinez) and an unhappy teenager (Seth Numrich). Meanwhile, a quirky detective (Eric Schaeffer) with curious motives is watching Lily's every move.
Is It Any Good?
There's a palpable silence in this pitch-black Starz drama about a group of suicide survivors who would rather be dead. But it's the kind of silence that comes from sub-par writing and awkward pacing rather than purposeful tension or riveting performances. Writer-director-producer Schaeffer (who previously penned a short-lived series about recovering bulemics, anorexics, and binge-eaters) clearly loves his cast of odd, damaged characters -- and his own role as a creepy cop who steals suspects' panties and totes his glock to yoga.
But for the rest of us, the end result is DOA.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the real consequences of suicide and whether the show tackles the subject in a particularly responsible way. Why do each of the characters choose to attempt suicide? How do their actions affect their loved ones and others around them?
Does the show celebrate life -- or wallow in death? What do you make of the overall message and tone?
- Premiere date: April 23, 2010
- Cast: Ivan Sergei, Krysten Ritter, Ving Rhames
- Network: Starz
- Genre: Drama
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 26, 2023
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