Women's Murder Club

Common Sense Media says

Strong women team up to solve graphic murders.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main characters are all strong, well-meaning women looking for justice -- but they occasionally bend the rules.

Violence

Graphic murder scenes include lingering camera shots. Frequent blood, weapons, bodies, and more. Some tense stand-off scenes. A main character shoots and kills a murderer.

Sex

Brief sex scenes include breathlessness and nudity (no key body parts shown). Lots of talk about sex in general.

Language

Regular use of moderate profanity like "ass," "bitch," "sucks," and "screwed."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this crime drama -- which is based on James Patterson's best-selling novels -- revolves around murder investigations, and the crime scenes are often graphically bloody and gruesome. Some crimes involve children or have sexual elements. Sex is also a frequent discussion topic among the characters, and there are occasional brief sex scenes (nudity is suggested, but nothing really sensitive is shown). Moderate profanity like "ass" and "bitch" is common.

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What's the story?

In WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB -- a crime drama based on novels by James Patterson -- four professional friends put their heads together to solve murders. Detective Lindsay Boxer (Angie Harmon) leads the crew, which also includes District Attorney Jill Barnhart (Laura Harris), medical examiner Claire Washburn (Paula Newsome), and reporter Cindy Thomas (Aubrey Dollar). Together, the four women piece together clues and hunches in secret collaborative sessions.

Is it any good?

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This being a women's club, the leading ladies' personal lives are mixed in with their professional business. Boxer brainstorms about a killer's motive in one breath and complains about her ex-husband in the next. This approach is refreshing in some respects, especially since so many shows highlight competition between women instead of friendship. But the show doesn't really stretch beyond the formula that shows like CSI and Law & Order have perfected.

Murder scenes are graphic, and the camera almost lovingly lingers on bloody bodies and limp limbs; crime details are discussed in great detail throughout each episode. Occasional tense standoffs and chase scenes can be gripping and a little scary. And sex is a common topic between the ladies, with viewers occasionally seeing a peek of what goes on at home.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of crime dramas. How is this one different from others you've seen before? How does making women the core characters change the usual crime show dynamics? Do you think the show is stereotypical in any way? How?

TV details

Cast:Angie Harmon, Aubrey Dollar, Laura Harris
Network:ABC
Genre:Drama
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 13 years old Written byhippochick5 April 9, 2008
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LOVVVVE ITTTT!

i love this show and theres only one show out! i love all of james patterson's book, but i just loved the women's murder club stuff so when i heard there was going to be a show i freaked! this is a must see!
Adult Written bypccangel April 9, 2008
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We love it!

Excellent show! Hope it doesn't follow the true James Patterson storyline since I don't want to lose any of these actresses. Committed police detective seeks justice for victims. No graphic violence. Poor sexual choices by adults, but not the main focus by any means.
Adult Written bydavswife April 9, 2008
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DO NOT CANCEL MY SHOW!!!

ONCE AGAIN, NOT GIVEN A CHANCE (mostly because of the writers strike). There were too many breaks between episodes. No new show or any show actually should be cancelled follwing last seasons disasterous writer's strike that really screwed up our shows continuity. Angie Harman is an extrodinary talent and deserves all accolades she is given. It is a great show with interesting story lines and the ex-husband (Rob Estes, another extrodinary talent)being her boss and the "sexual tension" between leaves me wanting more and not able to wait until the next week. ALL FANS LOBBY TO KEEP THIS SHOW ON!!! IT DESERVES ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WHAT IT IS MADE OF AND THE CHARACTERS HAVE SUCH GREAT CHEMISTRY THAT IT WOULD BE A SHAME IF THE FANS DIDN'T STAND UP FOR THEM!!!! LEAVE OUR SHOW ON!!! GIVE IT ONE MORE SEASON AT LEAST!!! WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB, WE LOVE YOU!

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