A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series focuses on women (and some men) engaging in and coping with the consequences of various infidelities; the moral implications associated with these activities is not central to the show. Close friendship among women is also a theme.
Positive Role Models
The women are independent, professional, and supportive friends, but each engages in extramarital relationships for various reasons.
Violence & Scariness
Arguments break out between struggling couples, leading to yelling, tears, and slammed doors.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but sexual activity is a major theme (and frequently visible). Men and women are shown in various stages of undress, and/or pulling their clothes on and off. Straight, gay, and bisexual relationships are featured. Dating, marital problems, pregnancy, and other issues are also discussed.
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Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible.
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Products & Purchases
BMWs and other high-end cars visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine, hard liquor, champagne, and cocktail consumption frequently visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the U.S. adaptation of Mistresses isn't meant for kids. It is full of mature themes, including infidelity, marriage, pregnancy, and death. Like the British original, the show includes lots of sexual content, including scenes of people taking their clothes off, wearing sexy lingerie, and engaging in various sexual acts (but no nudity). Drinking (cocktails, wine, champagne, etc.) is also frequent.
Is It Any Good?
Like its sister series, the stateside version of Mistresses mixes themes of friendship and marriage with dramatic, soap opera-like narratives about finding love and romance in the wrong places, and people being unwilling or unable to settle for a stable, monogamous relationship. It also frames some of the women's behavior as an empowered way of expressing their sexual freedom, rather than underscoring the fact that they are engaging in infidelity.
It isn't as sophisticated as the British version, and some of the characters aren't as likable. But the concept is developed enough to successfully combine positive messages about the importance of women being supportive of each other while showing the various ways that women ignore the negative impact being someone's mistress. If you can get past these contradictory messages, the series offers lots of edgy entertainment.
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