A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Ripley is in search of the American dream, but isn't willing to sacrifice his family or his marriage for it. His business involves some shady characters who engage in gangster-like behavior. Most of the main cast members are Caucasian; Marcus is African-American. People of various ethnic and racial backgrounds are visible on the casino floor.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of references to gangster-like activity. A man is found shot to death. Blood visible, but no guns. Ripley threatens his daughter's boyfriend.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Hugging, kissing. and sexual innuendo. Bunny wears negligees, and women in skimpy attire are frequently visible on the casino floor and during some musical numbers. Many references to extramarital relationships.
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Relatively mild, including "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Various Las Vegas landmarks are visible. Lots of flashy cars, including makes like Mercedes Benz and BMW. Natalie drives a Chevy Avalanche. Songs performed on the show range from traditional Vegas tunes like "Viva Las Vegas" to various pop songs by artists like Debbie Harry.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent consumption of hard alcohol, cigarettes, and cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mediocre musical drama -- which revolves around a fast-talking man who's trying to achieve the American dream by opening up a casino -- has some strong sexual innuendo. Because of the casino setting, material wealth is frequently on display, as well as behavior commonly associated with the Las Vegas nightlife, including gambling, drinking, and smoking. Even though the main character is a good husband and father, his work connects him to some gangster-like people, and there's some crime-related violence, though it's not graphic.
Is It Any Good?
While the show isn't exactly boring, it isn't especially entertaining, either. It's a convoluted mix of thin plot lines that are jarringly interspersed with lackluster characters who suddenly burst out dancing and singing to popular songs. These awkward (and somewhat corny) performances don't really enhance the story or provide the glamour and glitz of traditional Vegas numbers (which at least would put them in context). In fact, they seem so out of place that they actually make you wonder if the series is meant to be a comedy.
In the end, Viva Laughlin is an unfortunate example of how mixing TV dramas with musical theater isn't always a good gamble.
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