Mistresses (US)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Remake of UK drama has same sexy, mature themes.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

The women are independent, professional, and supportive friends, but each engages in extramarital relationships for various reasons.

Violence

Arguments break out between struggling couples, leading to yelling, tears, and slammed doors.

Sex

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.

Language

Words like "hell" and "damn" are audible.

Consumerism

BMWs and other high-end cars visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine, hard liquor, champagne, and cocktail consumption frequently visible.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byM&M1995 August 16, 2014

Sexy drama with focus on infidelity not intended for children.

Mistresses focuses on the complicated relationships of young couples who are dealing with commitment issues, cheating, deception, and lying. Sexual content is a... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 7, 2013

Wow.

I haven't seen this show yet, but does it REALLY need to have comercials for this show on American Idol? Yeah I REALLY want my little sister to see an ad i... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBradleyWeiss June 14, 2013

Mistresses!

This show has just begun. Within the first three episodes, it has delivered fairly explicit sex scenes. I cannot believe what ABC is allowing these days. It... Continue reading

What's the story?

MISTRESSES, an American adaption of a British series of the same title, features four female friends who are engaging in and/or coping with the consequences of various non-traditional and inappropriate relationships. Alyssa Milano plays Savannah "Savi" Davis, a successful lawyer who has hit a rough patch with her husband Harry (Brett Tucker) while trying to conceive a child. As Savi finds herself flirting with fellow lawyer Dominic (Jason George), her sister and real estate agent Josslyn Carver (Jes Macallan) continues to engage in a variety of sexual liaisons for her personal pleasure and professional success. Meanwhile, therapist Karen (played by Lost's Yunjin Kim) is struggling to cope after her former patient -- and married lover -- dies. Despite working through their own issues, they all try to support April (Rochelle Aytes), who is trying to enter the dating scene after the death of her husband three years before. Their lives are complicated, but their personal journeys eventually force each of them to confront the chain reactions that occur when a woman decides to become the "other" woman.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about entertainment media that feature people doing negative things. How do you feel about characters like this? Is this part of the entertainment value of the show? Do you think some people want to be like them after watching them? Or are their stories ultimately teaching us what negative things can happen if we do what they do?

  • Why are TV shows that feature the same stories and themes, but are produced in different countries, often very different? What are some of the differences between shows produced in England and those produced in the United States?

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For kids who love drama

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