Parents' Guide to

Secrets and Lies

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Predictable whodunit packs few real surprises.

TV ABC Drama 2015
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Like a smack of déjà vu, this feels like something we've seen on TV before -- and not only because it's based on a critically acclaimed Australian series of the same name. Rather, it's because Secrets and Lies fails to live up to the juiciness of its title, stringing together a predictable array of plot points with some scattered "gotcha" elements that, once revealed, hardly feel like revelation.

The family at the center of the action includes two children (one teen, one closer to tween), and their presence could interest some older teens. But since the series is much more interested in the parents' relationship -- and their marital troubles -- than on the lives of its younger characters, Secrets seems like a better pick for adults who aren't big on surprises.

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