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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Brogans are generally loving and kind, though the father has a criminal past and the mother sometimes acts irresponsibly. Daughter Zoe is very smart and sassy, using her sexuality for gain. Other characters are mysterious -- some may appear good and be bad and vice versa. The main characters are all Caucasian. One young female character is full-figured, and her weight is part of a prominent storyline that deals cleverly with body size.
Violence & Scariness
Violence isn't constant, but there are some very intense moments -- like when one character kicks another in the head while wearing a cleat, bloodying and seriously injuring him. Another scene shows the same man returning from an encounter with a bloody tooth held in pliers, indicating an extraction.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Highly charged sexual scenes don't show all that much, but they imply a lot. Rough blow job scene (act is performed off screen), passionate kissing and foreplay, a teen girl flirts with an older man and talks about his erection, an older woman masturbates while a teen boy watches, and more.
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Regular cursing, including "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Rare product placements, such as Mercedes. The show is presumably set in Britain, so brands aren't always recognizable to American audiences.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking at parties. Danny runs a bar. Some minor characters smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this pay-cable drama includes edgy sexual scenarios that, while they fall short of being visually explicit, are nonetheless decidedly mature. (For instance, in one scene a man moans inexplicably until a woman's head pops up from below.) Highly charged scenes occur between a young man and a teen girl, including lots of innuendo and direct discussion of his erection, and there are several scenes in which an older woman undresses for a younger man (including one scene in which she masturbates while he watches from his window). Violence includes a swift, cruel cleat to the head that results in a bloody injury; swearing is uncensored; and characters drink and smoke.
Is It Any Good?
With plenty of mysteries to unravel, Meadowlands is a stylish, edgy drama (with a touch of camp) that will draw viewers into its web. Though the show's teen characters are a huge part of its appeal, the series is definitely adult material. With all of the sex, violence, uncensored profanity, and scary, emotional situations, be sure to tune in after the kids are in bed.
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