Parents' Guide to

Mary Kills People

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Dark but sensitive comedy about physician-assisted suicide.

TV Lifetime Drama 2017
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Great show ! Love the writing

It’s such a great show ! For everyone ... smart writing dark comedy ... also learning
age 18+

No surprises

Nothing original just another way to make a lot of money from a controversial topic and further the agenda of doctor assisted suicide and the growing culture of death.

Is It Any Good?

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The series, which combines drama with dark comedy, takes an unflinching approach to the subject of physician assisted suicide. Mary Harris is a flawed, complicated woman who is committed to helping people, whether it be conducting a risky life-saving procedure to smothering a client who has taken the life-ending drug to speed up her/his dying process. She is strong and shrewd enough to do what she has to do in order to stay out of legal trouble, but still managers to highlight the fact that she is acting out of compassion.

Given the controversial nature of the subject matter, Mary Kills People's matter-of-fact approach to the subject of death and physician assisted suicide may seem both over-the-top and insensitive. But this approach also pushes the subject in the limelight, and forces viewers to face it head on. While this may help some overcome the taboo that exists about death and dying, others may find the that the show's overall tone normalizes end-of-life decisions, particularly physician assisted death, in a way that is more troubling than empowering.

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