In Plain Sight

2008 TV-14 5 seasons

In Plain Sight

2008 TV-14 5 seasons
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While struggling to find balance in her chaotic personal life, gutsy U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) secretly works for the federal witness protection program, risking her life to relocate and protect criminals as well as innocent bystanders. Although her best friend and partner Marshall (Frederick Weller) harbors strong romantic feelings for her, Mary stubbornly resists acknowledging them.
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 3 discs

Mary McCormack stars as Mary Shannon, an undercover U.S. Marshal based in Albuquerque, N.M., who's charged with the trying task of protecting and relocating members of the federal witness protection program. This crime drama chronicles Mary's attempts to keep her witnesses safe while keeping her own identity a secret from the world at large -- including members of her own family. Frederick Weller co-stars as Mary's brainy best friend and partner.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-14 - This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that while this drama isn't exactly age-inappropriate for older teens, its strong violence (gunshot wounds, stabbings, etc.) and sexual innuendo (slang, partial nudity) make it a better fit for its intended audience -- adults. Scenes include a murdered girl is shown with her chest cut open, a woman faking an orgasm over the phone in an attempt to convince a male caller that she's having sex with another woman, and more. Language includes words like "bitch" and "ass," and characters smoke, drink, and use drugs.

Sexual Content

The sexually charged dialogue is peppered with cheeky euphemisms for genitalia (think "Johnson" and "wee wee") and sex (a woman is assumed to be "a tight little ride"). One scene revolves around a female character faking an orgasm; in another, a woman's naked body is shown from the side as she lies face-down on a bed, although no sensitive body parts are visible.


Characters suffer from relatively graphic injuries (gunshot wounds, suicides, stabbings) that usually involve blood and often end in death. Since the main character is a U.S. marshal, she carries a gun at all times and isn't afraid to use physical force to get what she wants.


Audible language includes words like "pissed off," "douche bag," "damn," "ass" and "bitch."

Social Behavior

The show pushes a clear message of girl power and shows that women can be both forceful and strong. But by making a mess of Mary's personal life, it also subtly hints that "having it all" -- whatever that means -- isn't fully possible.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are occasionally shown using both legal (alcohol, tobacco) and illegal (cocaine, marijuana) substances.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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