A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Not surprisingly for a steamy nighttime soap, there's lots of plotting and manipulation, not to mention crime. Characters are shown making lots of bad choices, ranging from drinking too much and stealing to engaging in illicit affairs, etc.
Positive Role Models
Every character seems to have a "dark side," and they're all willing to compromise what ideals they may started out with. Plenty of iffy behavior, from lying to boyfriend stealing to outright murder. Some characters are wealthy, while others are struggling for money (and resort to desperate ways to get it). Not a lot of diversity among the cast.
Violence & Scariness
Murder is a running theme in the show; images of a bloody dead body and bloody clothes are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of steamy sexual content, ranging from people wearing sexy outfits and string bikinis to couples kissing, groping each other (over their clothes), and taking their clothes on and off (but no sensitive body parts are shown). One character is bisexual; women are shown kissing.
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Audible language includes words like "hell" and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Many of the characters wear expensive clothing brands, like Prada. Some also drive expensive high-end cars like Mercedes-Benz. References to Twitter.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Plenty of drinking (wine, champagne, cocktails, mixed drinks), in both public and private settings. Alcohol, prescription pill, and cocaine addiction are discussed. Some of the characters are recovering addicts, and Alcoholics Anonymous is sometimes mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this update of the popular 1990s primetime soap is even edgier than its predecessor. Themes include adultery, murder, addiction, and prostitution -- just to name a few. There's lots of sexual content (groping, couples in bed, same-sex kissing) and drinking, and characters frequently talk about alcohol/drug addiction. Many of the characters are wealthy and drive expensive cars and high-end clothing labels, so expect product placement from the likes of Mercedes and Prada.
Is It Any Good?
This edgy series has everything that made the original show (in)famous, including an interesting group of characters and intertwining storylines. The rebooted series also incorporates original plotlines, which bring together former and current cast members. Trendy clothes, expensive cars, and endless cocktail-filled evenings also add to the "fun."
But while the show is definitely a guilty pleasure for those enough old enough to handle it, the content is too mature for young viewers. Bottom line? It won't disappoint original MP fans and is likely to create a whole new Melrose generation.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.