The Player

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mystery plus gambling in action-packed Vegas-set series.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Politics, revenge, being a better person all are themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Few people are who they claim or seem to be.


Guns, knives, chases, fights, shootings, stabbings, blood, killings, dead bodies.


Innuendo; skimpy outfits, people in underwear.


"Ass," "hell."


iPhones, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche cars sometimes visible; classic Las Vegas haunts appear. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne, hard liquor, beer, wine.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that gambling drama The Player, produced by the same people who created The Blacklist, offers lots of action and plot twists with a Vegas flair. Fights, shootings, stabbings, and other violent acts are constant throughout the series. There's also some innuendo, iffy language ("ass," "hell"), and frequent drinking (champagne, beer, hard liquor).

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Adult Written byWpro October 28, 2015

Fast paced mystery thriller!

This is a fast paced mystery thriller with a twist! Great acting all around and a storyline that keeps me coming back for more!

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What's the story?

From the executive producers of The Blacklist comes THE PLAYER, an action-packed series that mixes mystery with crime fighting. When former FBI agent and Las Vegas security expert Alex Kane's (Philip Winchester) wife (played by Cara Buono) is murdered, he's recruited by Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes) and Cassandra King (Charity Wakefield) to stop crimes for a mystery organization that has developed a system to predict major crimes before they happen. But he soon discovers that this "organization" is a group of wealthy gamblers who bet on whether or not he's successful at stopping them. Now at the mercy of this strange house's pit boss and dealer, he finds himself trying to stop criminal activities and wondering what his motives are, while his friend and colleague Detective Cal Brown (Damon Gupton) tries to figure out what he's up to.  

Is it any good?

The crime series combines a unique premise with predictable narratives to create a viewing experience that's both edgy and entertaining. Despite some of the less sophisticated stories it offers, the show is still compelling enough to keep you watching, thanks to the plot twists, fast-paced action, and use of James Bond-like technology.

The gangster-like Las Vegas backdrop is fun, but it's the chemistry between the characters that makes it easier to accept and enjoy the implausibility of the circumstances. It's easy to get absorbed in this world, and you can bet that most who do will find it fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Las Vegas. What's its history? Why does it continue to be popular? What stereotypes have you heard about this unique city?

  • Families also can talk about gambling. Why do you think it becomes addictive? 

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For kids who love mysteries

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