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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The main character has iffy ethical standards, but is good at heart. Some racial and gender diversity -- mayor is Latino, freshman prosecutors are multi-ethnic, and Stark's boss is female.
Violence & Scariness
Scenes of bloody, murdered body and a blood-splattered murderer. Graphic recounting of violent acts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some brief sex scenes, but no private parts revealed. Some discussion of sexual affairs.
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Slightly more adult than other network legal dramas -- "a--hole," etc.
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Products & Purchases
No obvious product placement, but Stark drives a flashy sports car and lives in a super-spiffy house.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this legal drama details criminal cases involving murder, rape, violence, and sex. Scenes have involved a woman's bloody body and an Internet sex video that features sexual noises and some skin. The main character is portrayed as good-at-heart, but not above some immoral and unethical practices.
Is It Any Good?
Without Woods, Shark would be just another formulaic legal drama. But his acting chops are sharp and his presence strong. While work consumes much of Stark's life, he also has a 16-year-old daughter to care for. Though the show's writers may be aiming for a Veronica Mars-type father-daughter relationship, this duo has none of the quirky sweetness of that twosome. Instead, the wise-beyond-her-years Julie Stark (Danielle Panabaker) speaks to her father with a tone of pity, a sentiment that seems ill-fitting for the showy, loud-mouthed lawyer.
Shark is clearly an adult drama. The cases profiled in each show are sometimes gory and always entail a criminal act, some of which have sexual elements. And while Stark is a generally likeable guy, he uses tactics some would consider unethical -- and he's a realist rather than a true believer in justice.
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