A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teaches that what you see often isn't what you get and that it's important not to make assumptions about people or places before you have all the information. It could be argued that main character Marin isn't the best role model, given her obssession with relationships.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scenes in bed featuring unmarried partners. In one episode, the main character falls through the ice and must warm up in her underwear next to an equally scantily clad man.
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Pretty mild: "sucks," "damn," "hell," "balls" (as a punchline), etc.
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Products & Purchases
The main character misses the luxuries of life in Manahattan.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking; the main character smokes. Many scenes take place in the local bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this series' main character, Marin, has a tough exterior that belies her sensitive side. That said, viewers do see her crave cigarettes when she's stressed and down vodka shots to calm her nerves. Since the majority of the characters are men and women in their 30s in relationships or looking for love, the show has its share of post-coital scenes, with unmarried partners relaxing in bed.
Is It Any Good?
Well-acted by a cast that includes Derek Richardson as Patrick, a sweet and devoted fan of Marin's books; Abraham Benrubi as Ben, the sophisticated local bartender; James Tupper as Jack, the handsome environmentalist who regularly and playfully spars with Marin; and Seana Kofoed as Jane, Marin's editor who comes for the occasional visit, Men in Trees (the title refers to the signs found all over bucolic Elmo that warn pedestrians of the workers strapped to branches above) is full of cute scenes sure to have veterans of the dating scene smiling.
Executive produced by Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks, the show doesn't really break any truly new creative ground (not only has the Alaska angle been done before, but so has the navel-gazing, lovelorn gal). But it's a clever, engaging series that explores the search for love and tackles the question on the minds of many modern singles: What am I doing wrong? And the subject matter is given a light touch thanks to witty writing, making Men in Trees fine fare for older teens looking for intelligent programming.
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