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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There's an underlying message that lies and deception only invite more problems, rather than solving them. The world at large is also portrayed as a place where people commonly lie and harm others to get what they want.
Positive Role Models
Both Bridget and her twin have troubled lives, even though their problems are pretty much polar opposites. From drug abuse to adultery to deception, neither woman could be considered a saint.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes include struggling, choking, and shooting, but with minimal blood. That said, deaths do occur.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Regular mentions of sex and adultery, but the actions are mostly implied. Some kissing and implied sex (with bare shoulders under the sheets, etc.). The main character is a former stripper. There's also a teen character who flirts with her teacher -- and later claims he raped her.
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Audible words include "bitch," "hell," and "crap."
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Products & Purchases
Some advertising (for Bing) appears on the screen during the show, and characters from the series are appearing in commercials that air in conjunction with the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The main character attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings thanks to a prior drug problem and continues to struggle with sobriety, but she's six months' sober at the series' start. There's also some social drinking, along with a storyline involving a teen who's kicked out of boarding school for drug use and other characters who grapple with drug problems.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that one of the characters in this dark drama is a recovering drug addict, and another secondary plot concerns a teen who uses drugs (and launches a complictated flirtation with her teacher). That said, the violence and sexual content here is pretty tame compared to a lot of other primetime dramas, with minimal blood and kissing and not a whole lot else that's actually seen, but rather implied. There's also some low-level language in the form of "bitch," "hell," and "damn."
Is It Any Good?
Aside from a few scattered guest spots over the years, Gellar hasn't really been on television since her cult hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended in 2003. But while Buffy fans might flock to the CW to see Gellar back on the air in this grown-up drama, they might not like what they see when they get there. For one thing ... there's a noticeable lack of vampires.
For those who are sick of the supernatural, however, Ringer has some other things worth tuning in for, including a reasonably well-paced suspense plot and some pretty effective cliffhangers. What it doesn't have is a female lead who feels fully believable -- a significant problem considering that Gellar's pulling double duty.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.