A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Law and order rules, but there's also an underlying message that conflict and attraction go hand in hand.
Positive Role Models
The lawyers spotlighted on Reckless are hardworking and generally honest and true. The show's main male character is a loving dad, though the viewer mostly knows this from the way he displays his kids' pictures. There are women in positions of power, though some are costumed in tight, sexy clothing. Some police officers turn out to be villains.
Violence & Scariness
The focus of the show is crime and punishment. Expect references to violence, including death by murder and by misadventure. Images of dead bodies are shown briefly on-screen. Men push each other around and threaten violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main characters are young, impossibly gorgeous, and single; expect flirting and dating, kissing and references to sex. A villain tries to intimidate a woman into having sex with him by offering to change his testimony. Most of the women on the show are dressed in short dresses and very high stilettos; men are dressed modestly. Photos and video footage of a woman stripping to her underwear are seen on-screen. References to and images of group sex also are seen on-screen.
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Occasional language, often in jest: "What the hell is a columbarium?" Other language includes statements such as "that sucks."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drugs may be referred to in the context of criminal investigations. Scenes take place in bars, although nobody acts drunk. There are references to drugs being used for date rape.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reckless is a mystery/crime show featuring warring attorneys in Charleston, S.C. There is not much here to offend parents of teens. Cursing is mild and usually in jest; there is some drinking on-screen, but no one acts drunk. Love interests abound, and there is kissing, flirting, and references to sex, including sex used as a bargaining chip in a court case. Parents may object to the costumes of the women on the show, which are often short and tight, whereas men are dressed modestly. Expect some brief shots of dead bodies and discussions of off-screen violence in the context of criminal investigations.
Is It Any Good?
Are Jamie and Roy the only two lawyers in town? Charleston doesn't seem like a dinky little town, but these two are constantly pitted against each other, all the better to highlight their "we shouldn't, but we want to" chemistry. That, plus the steam heat evident in the actors' painted-on sweat lends Reckless a sultriness that distinguishes it somewhat from the police-procedural pack. Because, let's face it, this is hardly an original show, with DNA culled directly from other, better shows.
But people enjoy watching outrageously gorgeous people investigating dire crimes, so those who do may well enjoy this. The show's creators play up the Charleston angle with a lot of imagery of horses trotting around picturesque squares and plates of crawfish, all ready for rich, comfortable Southern lawyers to suck on their heads while discussing the finer points of local crimes.
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