Parents' Guide to

Red Widow

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

So-so drama mixes drugs, violence, and a strong female lead.

TV ABC Drama 2013
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Based on the Dutch series Penoza, Red Widow has all the elements of a gripping TV drama: organized crime, illegal drugs, and a respected film actress cast as a mother who will do anything to keep her children safe. But thanks to a plodding pilot (penned by Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg) that takes too much time setting up the central plot, you might not care much about the characters by the time the real story gets going.

That's not to knock Mitchell's performance or suggest the series as a whole is a snooze. But compared to other TV shows about strong women, Red Widow feels tepid at best.

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