Saving Grace

2007 TV-MA 2 seasons

Saving Grace

2007 TV-MA 2 seasons
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Self-destructive Oklahoma City detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) gets a chance to redeem herself when Earl (Leon Rippy), her "last chance angel," appears after a terrible car crash. But Grace has trouble accepting Earl as she continues her hard-living ways. Meanwhile, Grace's best friend, forensics expert Rhetta Rodriguez (Laura San Giacomo), analyzes evidence in an effort to prove that Earl really exists.
Holly Hunter, Leon Rippy, Kenny Johnson, Bailey Chase, Laura San Giacomo, Gregory Norman Cruz, Lorraine Toussaint, Dylan Minnette, Mark L. Taylor, Tom Irwin
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 2 (2008) - 4 discs

When she's not solving major crimes, fiery detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter, in an Emmy-nominated role) continues to live a reckless life, drinking heavily and sleeping around. This second season finds Grace facing new challenges from her work, her friends and even her partner (Kenny Johnson). But she's not alone on her troubled path: Earl (Leon Rippy), her unconventional guardian angel, is always there to offer help and guidance.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 HD, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this crime-and-faith drama is packed full of adult material that's particularly edgy for basic cable. The very first episode opens with a vigorous sex scene, which -- while key body parts are always hidden -- leaves nothing to the imagination. The main character is sexually promiscuous, drinks heavily, and smokes constantly, but she has a good heart, and the series is about her quest to reform herself (with an angel's help) after she kills someone while driving drunk. She investigates some very violent crimes in her work as a detective, including a child abduction with the possibility of sexual abuse and murder.

Sexual Content

Quite graphic sex scenes for basic cable -- though key body parts are always hidden. Off-screen oral sex. Frank discussion of sexual promiscuity. Some scenes of females in bras and underwear.


Crimes investigated include a child abduction, possible sexual abuse, murder, and more. In one episode, a disturbed teen commits suicide; viewers see him throw himself off a high platform and later see photos of him dead, with blood pooled around his head. Grace punches man in face after he sexually harasses her. References to the Oklahoma city bombings.


Pretty much anything goes, except "f--k."

Social Behavior

The main character has good heart and good intentions, is loving toward her nieces and nephews, and does good work. She also leads a self-destructive lifestyle, though the theme of the show is her struggle to reform.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Grace drinks and smokes frequently. In the first episode, she kills someone while driving drunk. The theme of the show is her reform, which includes cutting back on her vices.

  • 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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