A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series focuses on the friendship between Mason and Conner. Mason often wants to take the ethical high road. The show also portrays the high-stress environment of the advertising industry and features some unethical behavior between professional colleagues. The cast is primarily Caucasian; Gordon Benedict is African American.
Violence & Scariness
Job stress often leads to arguments. Some characters throw and break things. Occasional black eyes are visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some strong sexual innuendo, including simulated sex acts (but no nudity is shown). Words like "blows," "p---y," and "gang bang" are sometimes used.
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Aduible language includes words like "piss," "bitch," and "a--hole," and "bulls--t." Pictures of rude gestures are also visible.
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Products & Purchases
The show's producers purposely work real products (Rolling Rock, Dove, Pillsbury, etc.) into the advertising agency's storylines; characters also make references to other real-life brands like Starbucks. Electronics with logos like Apple and RGM are also clearly visible. There are also some nondescript/made up brand logos in the offices.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The stressed-out advertisers are often shown drinking (wine, beer, mixed drinks) and occasionally smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this TV drama -- which revolves around the day-to-day pressures faced by people working in the high-stakes world of creative advertising -- includes a fair amount of strong language ("bulls--t," "p---y," etc.) and some strong sexual innuendo (no nudity, but some simulated sex acts). The characters often drink (wine, beer) and occasionally smoke. Brand logos are visible everywhere -- and are purposely worked into storylines by producers. Mature older teens should be able to handle it, but it's not intended for younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Although Trust Me is set against the backdrop of the high-stakes advertising business, much of the show's focus is on the relationships between the characters, rather than sophisticated plot lines. But some of them don't seem fully developed and appear more like caricatures who are placed in the scene for forced comic relief. Meanwhile, while some of the dialogue is witty, the show's writers seem to be trying to create drama by using some strong (and sometimes profane) language rather building on the story.
Still, despite the series' lack of depth, Cavanagh's brilliant comedic performance makes for some very funny moments. It's not the most thought-provoking of shows, but older teens and adults who are interested in what goes on in the world of advertising may find something lightly entertaining ... if not entirely "trust"worthy.
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