A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show conveys the message that family is important, no matter what.
Positive Role Models
Mary loves her family ... and also feels entitled to have her say, even though her kids are now grown adults (and they don't always appreciate it when she butts in). She’s well-meaning, but she often crosses boundaries -- as when her psychic gifts provide her with keen insights into the lives of complete strangers and she feels compelled to jump into their conversations.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some references to people seeking romance.
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Little stronger than "fricking" is audible, but other words are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
Occhino is often seen at work in the studio hosting her radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio. The network and her show are frequently promoted by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series -- which follows the matriarch of a close-knit Long Island clan who also happens to be a psychic -- emphasizes the importance of family, even if they sometimes drive you crazy. Mary's quirky relatives are all loud and opinionated and can sometimes be a bit off color, but there's not a lot of swearing or sex. Mary herself has some boundary issues, but she always means well. Expect some social drinking.
Is It Any Good?
Mary and her relatives are interesting, but aside from her psychic gifts, they actually aren't especially unusual. There are plenty of outspoken families who bicker over the dinner table and make fun of each other's romantic choices. So why does she get to star in a reality show? Well, because she's psychic. But viewers mostly know she has these gifts because people on the show tell us, not because we actually see her in action.
And that's the show's problem. Viewers are happy to watch rock star Ozzy Osbourne engaged in mundane activities because there's such a contrast between his hard-core rocker persona and his average-guy behavior. But Occhino isn't famous. All we know is her average mom behavior and the few glimpses we get of her actually being psychic. Average moms are common on TV -- we need to see more of her being psychic.
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