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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Prostitution, marital infidelity are at core of drama.

TV USA Drama 2014
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Satisfaction has a big knock against it right from the start, given that the plot echoes that of popular cable series Hung. Why would somebody want to watch a Hung bootstrapped by basic cable rules? Here's why: because Satisfaction is sensitively written and acted, with characters that seem like real people going through conflicts that echo those of many adult viewers. So many long-term couples lose the passion they once had, feel like they've lost sight of the person they used to be, wondered if there were more to life than what they were experiencing. Of course, most couples won't then choose to patronize or become a sex worker, so Satisfaction becomes both wish fulfillment and cautionary tale for the viewer.

Nonetheless, this is very mature drama. It's not for kids, who won't be attracted to scenes of adults slowly working out emotional issues and who likely will be made uncomfortable by scenes of middle-aged folks meeting and mating. Mature teens might be able to appreciate the realistic dialogue and conflicts, but it's really adults, particularly long-married adults, who will be most caught by Grace and Neil's dilemmas and eager to see what happens next in this slow-burning, smart show.

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