A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show pushes a clear message of girl power and shows that women can be both forceful and strong. But by making a mess of Mary's personal life, it also subtly hints that "having it all" -- whatever that means -- isn't fully possible.
Positive Role Models
Mary is a complex woman who excels at her job and often outshines her male colleagues, helping people in need in the process. But while her professional life is relatively under control, her personal life is messy at best. Her dysfunctional family includes a mother who's usually drunk, a sister who's usually in trouble, and an often-shirtless "friend" with benefits.
Violence & Scariness
Characters suffer from relatively graphic injuries (gunshot wounds, suicides, stabbings) that usually involve blood and often end in death. Since the main character is a U.S. marshal, she carries a gun at all times and isn't afraid to use physical force to get what she wants.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The sexually charged dialogue is peppered with cheeky euphemisms for genitalia (think "Johnson" and "wee wee") and sex (a woman is assumed to be "a tight little ride"). One scene revolves around a female character faking an orgasm; in another, a woman's naked body is shown from the side as she lies face-down on a bed, although no sensitive body parts are visible.
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Audible language includes words like "pissed off," "douche bag," "damn," "ass" and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are occasionally shown using both legal (alcohol, tobacco) and illegal (cocaine, marijuana) substances.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while this drama isn't exactly age-inappropriate for older teens, its strong violence (gunshot wounds, stabbings, etc.) and sexual innuendo (slang, partial nudity) make it a better fit for its intended audience -- adults. Scenes include a murdered girl is shown with her chest cut open, a woman faking an orgasm over the phone in an attempt to convince a male caller that she's having sex with another woman, and more. Language includes words like "bitch" and "ass," and characters smoke, drink, and use drugs.
Is It Any Good?
Mary is a refreshingly different kind of female role model -- the kind of woman who doesn't think twice about barging into a men's bathroom, belittling the size of a man's "equipment," and, seconds later, chucking a bar of soap at his genitals. But the show's writers also strive to make Mary real by saddling her with imperfection when it comes to her personal life. Whether this is a deliberate attempt to make her relatable or a subtle statement about whether women can truly have it all isn't clear. But maybe it's a little of both.
The show's plots can tend toward the convoluted, and secondary characters often come off as two-dimensional. But with its unique take on girl power, In Plain Sight is likely to find an audience. After all, there aren't many other shows about a take-charge kind of woman who eschews power pumps for a gun and a sensible pair of shoes.
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