A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Divorce, police work, greed, corruption, family conflicts all themes.
Positive Role Models
Marcella is talented, well-intentioned, troubled, flawed.
Violence & Scariness
Serial killing, murder investigations central themes. People assaulted, suffocated, run over; bloody crime scenes, photos.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong innuendo, including simulated sex acts. Partial nudity (breasts, bottoms). Porn, prostitution discussed.
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Products & Purchases
Oreos, Apple computers; none prominently featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking (champagne, wine); pot discussed, cocaine use visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marcella is a mature British detective series about a woman who returns to the force as she reinvestigates a string of unsolved murders. It contains strong violent content (including disturbing murder scenes), simulated sex acts and partial nudity (breasts, bottoms), and drug use. Corruption, divorce, and mental illness are also central themes.
Is It Any Good?
Dark and knotty, this film noir-type series intertwines thickly detailed narratives that require a viewer's full attention to navigate them. Marcella, who has no problem breaking the rules to investigate a case, is a complicated -- but sympathetic -- heroine. But the constant introduction of new plot lines and suspicious characters happens almost too frequently, and Marcella's inability to control her divorce-fueled rage sometimes makes you wonder why any police force would trust her.
Nonetheless, the show still manages to tell an overall tale that is both compelling and intelligent. Those who are interested in complex detective stories will appreciate the painstaking efforts to coherently piece together the often-overlapping details of each case. Not every question they raise will be answered as you watch, but this, in part, is what makes it an addictive viewing experience.
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