A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The primary character is all good, though she tolerates her sister's bad behavior. The sister sleeps around, shoplifts, and may be involved in drugs or something more sinister. Brother deals drugs, though he may be a good person gone bad. Cast is all white.
Violence & Scariness
Flashback scene of a murdered man. Another man gets shot (no significant blood). Some pushing between family members.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Passionate kissing; lots of bikinis and half-dressed men cavorting seductively; pre- and post-sex scenes. One character uses sex to get what she wants.
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The occasional "hell" or "damn."
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Products & Purchases
The quest for money, at all costs, is a major plot element.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking. One minor character is an alcoholic. The brother deals drugs. The grandmother drinks marijuana tea for her cancer symptoms.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this soapy drama follows the mystery behind a murder. In at least one episode, viewers see a dead person in a flashback scene as well as another person getting shot. A thief threatens the main character's family with a gun while stealing drugs. The town detective is perpetually drunk. One main character shoplifts, lies, and plots to use sex for material gain. People who initially seem good may turn out to be bad (and vice versa).
Is It Any Good?
Plenty of lightweight scandal and intrigue pepper the plot. The town's alcoholic detective is involved with bad guys and knows secrets about Bianca's father's murder. Bianca's younger brother, Ben (Matt Funke), has a wad of unexplained cash and bruised knuckles. And Grace drinks marijuana tea to ease the pain of her cancer.
While the show's creators clearly want us to root for poor little Bianca, Monarch Cove is so poorly written and cheaply produced that it's hard to care about the characters or their situations. The dialogue is laughably bad, and the acting isn't much better.
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