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State of Play

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Nuanced political thriller with occasional violence and sex.

TV BBC America Drama 2004
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Some entertainment demands attention -- a loud Michael Bay blockbuster movie, for example, or a deafening rock concert. Other works require attention, yours to give or deny, and your failure to concentrate is ultimately your own loss.

State of Play requires attention; it's an intricately plotted conspiracy thriller with an impeccable cast that brings nuance and tact to their roles. But it does not spoonfeed viewers, nor does it stop and linger over critical plot points so that everyone is sure to catch on. It's not designed for casual viewing while dinner's on the table or laundry is being folded. Instead, it's that rare animal -- a dramatic TV series that rewards close viewing, that does not wilt under attention but instead only flourishes when you're really watching and listening.

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