Mistresses (U.K.)

2008 TV-14 1 season

Mistresses (U.K.)

2008 TV-14 1 season
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Thirtysomething gal pals Katie, Trudi, Siobhan and Jessica share more than just the bond of friendship in this delicious drama series that chronicles each woman's increasingly complex web of infidelities.
Sarah Parish, Sharon Small, Orla Brady, Shelley Conn, Adam Rayner, Flossie Ure, Patrick Baladi, Lizzie Watkins, Adam Astill, Raza Jaffrey, Joanna Wright
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 4 discs

As the series unfolds, Katie and Trudi both struggle to heal after the death of loved ones. Tension with her husband drives Siobhan into the arms of another man, and Jessica is attracted to a client.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this British drama about four women who have participated in or been the victims of extramarital relationships includes lots of conversations about sex. The main characters have sexual relationships (often illicit) with both men and women and are sometimes shown wearing sexy lingerie (no nudity, though). Terms used to describe sex -- ranging from "shagging" to cruder phrases -- are used frequently (as are words like "hell" and "damn"), and characters drink and smoke regularly.

Sexual Content

The women are constantly talking about sex and are often engaged in inappropriate and/or extramarital relationships. Frequent scenes show women making out and/or wearing racy underwear, but there's no outright nudity. Discussions about lesbian relationships; same-sex kissing is visible. British phrases like "shag," "sexual slapper," and other crude terms are frequently used to describe sexual activity. Pregnancy and infertility are also discussed.


The women occasionally get into arguments with each other and with the people they're involved with. Trudi's husband allegedly died as a result of the September 11 attacks.


In addition to sexual terms like "shag," language includes words like contains words "hell" and "damn." There's also the potential for stronger words that are acceptable for broadcast abroad and may not be edited for American television.

Social Behavior

Friendship and infidelity are two of the show's major themes. The women are professional and appear empowered on the surface, but they often make disempowering relationship choices. The series shows some of the consequences the women face as a result of extramarital relationships but does so in a nonjudgmental way. Most of the cast is Caucasian. One spouse is of Indian descent; Jessica is African-British. Other people of color are occasionally visible.


Occasional references to TV shows like Top Gear and The Simpsons.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of social drinking (wine, cocktails, beer), but characters don't seem to get drunk very often. Cigarette smoking is frequently visible (typical for British TV shows). The administration of painkillers (like morphine) is discussed in relation to medial treatment and euthanasia.

  • 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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