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By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sexy British drama explores friendship and infidelity.

TV BBC America Drama 2013
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This mature series successfully combines positive themes of friendship and love with some very dark and dramatic ideas about the complicated effects that extramarital liaisons have on people's lives. It's an interesting approach -- but it sends some confusing messages. The women's close connection to each other makes them so likable that it's easy to forget that some of their selfish choices hurt innocent people. It also reinforces the idea that a woman's sexual freedom will "naturally" lead to an affair and/or a choice to become someone's mistress.

But the show is so well written and produced that it's surprisingly (and perhaps disturbingly) easy to overlook these details. The characters and their creative storylines are sophisticated and well developed. And, like any good soap opera, the series contains its fair share of suspenseful moments. Overall, Mistresses may not be the kind of show you want your kids watching, but for adults, it's definitely a (semi) guilty pleasure.

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