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What 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."
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What's the story?
On the run from a dangerous gangster after witnessing a murder out West, recovering addict Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) swaps identities with her estranged twin sister, Siobhan (also Gellar), a dead RINGER who lives in the lap of luxury in East Hampton -- and mysteriously disappears in an apparent suicide at sea. But taking on Siobhan's cushy life proves far more complicated than Bridget ever imagined.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the theme of duality and the ways in which the show reinforces that theme. What types of visual cues do you see on screen, from mirrors to window reflections, that drive home the idea of seeing double? Why is that theme so important here?
Why are twins so compelling as a creative concept, whether it be in books (such as the Sweet Valley High series), on television (with shows like Sister, Sister), or in movies (like The Parent Trap)? Who are some of your favorite sets of twins in the media?
What are the real-life consequences of drug use and abuse? How accurately does the show portray the life of a recovering addict?
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