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Pearson

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Darker, edgier Suits spin-off has cursing, innuendo.

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Positive Messages

Chicago politics is not easy to navigate, especially due to the fact that the city is extremely divided, and corruption is widespread. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Jessica Pearson is a strong woman, and often appears incompatible with people at home and in the Mayor’s office. The mayor is involved in some corrupt activities. 

Violence

Arguments and threats are frequent, but usually having to do with legal and political matters. 

Sex

Strong innuendo, and references to inappropriate (and illicit) relationships. 

Language

Curses like "bulls--t" are audible. 

Consumerism

Product placements for companies like The Coffee Beanery are visible. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking (wine, cocktails, hard liquor) visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pearson, a spin-off of the popular series Suits, is about former New York attorney Jessica Pearson after her return to Chicago to start a new life. Starring Gina Torres, it's an edgy drama that features mature themes ranging from government corruption and family dysfunction, to illicit affairs (with plenty of sexual innuendo), unbleeped swearing, and drinking (wine, cocktails). 

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What's the story?

A spin-off of the TV series Suits, PEARSON, features stars Gina Torres as formerly high-powered New York attorney Jessica Pearson following her return to Chicago to start a new life. Disbarred in New York, and currently unable to practice law in Illinois, she accepts a job in Chicago Mayor Bobby Novak’s (Morgan Spector) office as his fixer, much to the dismay of city attorney Keri Allen (Bethany Joy Lenz). Pearson wants to reconnect with her extended Chicago-based family, and use her new position to help them and their local community, but soon realizes that she can’t navigate Chicago politics the same way she did her former law firm. Meanwhile, she faces backlash from family members like Angela Cook (Chantel Riley), who doesn’t believe her cousin has their family’s best interest at heart. 

Is it any good?

This show combines political intrigues, legal plots, and uncertain relationships to a create a drama that is darker and edgier than its parent series. Jessica Pearson is strong and not readily likable, but also reveals a sense of vulnerability as she tries to find a way to reconcile her professional life with her personal one. Throughout it all, the series addresses larger social issues, especially as they relate to the deep divides between Chicago’s poorer black neighborhoods, and Chicago’s history of political corruption. If you were a Suits fan, no doubt that you’ll enjoy it. If not, you may still find it entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the struggles Jessica Pearson is having with her family and members of her former Chicago community. Why do they distrust her? What are many of them angry about the fact that she has made it as a powerful professional woman?

  • What kinds of messages does Pearson send about Chicago politics? Is the idea that the Chicago political system is corrupt a common stereotype? Why do you think the city’s government is often represented this way on TV?

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For kids who love courtroom drama

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