A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The Mind Games team is usually working on the side of good -- helping a boy who needs a heart operation, for instance. This lends a morality to their actions, which are often deceptive and frequently quasi-legal.
Positive Role Models
The main players in this drama are both very flawed. One has a mental illness he refuses to treat; the other is a con man and former convicted prisoner. However, both have a conscience and are attempting to mend their ways. The cast boasts good racial and ethnic diversity, and race is talked about openly.
Violence & Scariness
Clark has tantrums in which he throws and breaks things; there are occasional scuffles and mock violence for theatrical purposes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Both of the main characters are single and interested; expect dating, kissing, flirting, and references to sex.
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Some cursing and rough language: "hell" and "screw."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes take place in bars; no one acts drunk. Clark is supposed to take medication for his bipolar disorder but refuses because he feels it flattens his emotions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mind Games is an adult-oriented drama without much iffy content, though young viewers will probably be bored to tears by the show, which features lots of people sitting in different rooms talking strategy. The only aspect that may give parents pause is that the characters are not above deception to get what they want. Explain to kids that the ends don't always justify the means, even though that's what this show seems to imply.
Is It Any Good?
The idea of quirky characters using (pseudo?) science to win the day is a good one. Perhaps that's why while watching Mind Games you'll get the feeling you've seen all this before, on shows such as House or Lie to Me. There's a client of the week with a knotty problem: It's too much! The Mind Games Scooby gang can't do it! But wait, they could try this one crazy thing...but it couldn't possibly work! But, at the last minute, it does!
Sigh, ho-hum. Such are the highly visible cogs and gears of substandard drama. It's a pity, because Zahn and Slater are genuine movie stars, crackling with personality and energy and giving their all. If only the whole shebang were staged and written with more freshness. As it is, it feels predictable.
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