Las Vegas

 
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Infamous city gets a swank show; teens and up.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Diverse and accepting main characters, most with personal and professional integrity. A lot of witty, good-natured humor keeps this show from being "heavy" drama.

Violence

Episodes often center on maintaining security at the casino, which may involve chases, guns, and bad guys.

Sex

Some promiscuity shown. Some implied nudity and revealing clothing.

Language

Some questionable language ("ass," "bitch," "damn," "hell," etc.).

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol flows freely at the casino, but only among adults. Intoxicated gamblers are escorted back to their hotel rooms by security.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series is far less risque than the city itself, but is nevertheless meant for adults. Female characters all look like models, several characters sleep around, alcohol is plentiful, and weapons pop up regularly. Admirably, the show's fictional casino strictly prohibits underage gambling.

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What's the story?

In LAS VEGAS, casino president Ed Deline, played by James Caan (Brian's Song, The Godfather), and his young head of security, Danny McCoy (Josh Duhamel), are tough guys -- but they're more like good cops than gangsters. They look out for the casino, its employees, and its guests, solving crimes and minor mysteries each week. Other main characters include a sexy and savvy female casino host whose job is to woo the rich and famous and a cool pit boss (who, in a bit of encouraging casting, is played by a young black woman, Marsha Thomason). Colorful guests and performers present new laughs and challenges each week -- from run-of-the-mill con-men to a diva who is stalked and a movie star who accidentally dies while doing a motorcycle stunt off the casino roof. Guest stars have included Jean-Claude Van Damme, Paris Hilton, and Paul Anka.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

If Fox produced this show, you might expect more sex and violence and less-than-admirable main characters. Luckily it's NBC, and viewers get the fabulous Caan in the lead role, plenty of good-natured humor, and a show that's stimulating without being an assault to the senses. But though many scenes in Las Vegas won't offend anyone in your family, kids and teens won't find anything of special value here either.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their views on gambling, generally depicted here as innocent fun. When and how can gambling go too far? What are the consequences?

TV details

Cast:James Caan, Josh Duhamel, Molly Sims
Network:NBC
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Written byAnonymous November 25, 2012
 

Rated TV-14 for it to be on NBC but on DVD is another Story.

I seen this for the 5 Season that they were on and I do like this but this isn't for kids under 17. Season 1 Age 15- 16 Bad Season 2 Age 16- 17 Also Bad Season 3 Age 17- 18 Mixed Season 4 Age 18- 19 Good Season 5 Age 19- 20 Also Good.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written bymdrehome April 9, 2008
 

Adult Show

Not for kids.
Adult Written byPanya April 9, 2008
 

Not for kids

I've only seen one episode of this show, and not only would *I* not watch it again, I certainly wouldn't let a child watch it.

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