The Starter Wife

2008 TV-14 1 season

The Starter Wife

2008 TV-14 1 season
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Molly Kagen, a divorced Hollywood socialite, finds herself starting from scratch as she struggles to land herself a career in her 40s while raising her daughter. Complicating matters are her legal woes, which are always nipping at her heels.
Debra Messing, Judy Davis, Hart Bochner, Chris Diamantopoulos, David Alan Basche, Danielle Nicolet, Reggie Austin, Brielle Barbusca, Daniel Gerroll, James Black
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 2 discs

The post-divorce adventures continue for plucky Molly Kagan (Debra Messing) in this 10-episode follow-up to the Emmy-winning miniseries from the USA Network. At Molly's side are her two best pals, snarky socialite Joan McAllister (Judy Davis) and gay interior decorator Rodney (Chris Diamantopoulos). And lurking in the background are charming ex-boyfriend Lou (Joe Mantegna) and pesky ex-hubby Kenny (David Alan Basche).
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 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this dramedy isn't for kids. Although it pokes fun at Hollywood, it rides a fine line between embracing and rejecting Hollywood values. The very skinny main character makes jokes about her weight, alluding to the constant desire to be thinner. Money -- who has it, who doesn't -- is a constant theme. And some characters sacrifice friendship in the name of ambition. Some scenes include frank talk about sex, and there are brief passionate clinches, as well as some drinking, smoking, and swearing.

Sexual Content

Plenty of talk about sex. Some scenes of heavy kissing with implied nudity. Affairs and sexual blackmail.


Rare, but there's at least one fistfight scene.


Plenty, including "ass," "a--hole," etc.

Social Behavior

A mix of good and bad behavior. The main character is largely aware of her flaws and trying to better herself. Some characters are overly ambitious -- to the point of sacrificing friendships -- while others are very loyal. Issues related to body image, self-esteem, and materialism crop up (it does take place in Hollywood, after all).


Product placement is subtle but frequent. Products are also sometimes mentioned by name. Featured brands include Prius, Blackberry, Cingular, Apple, Curad, and Bluetooth. Molly's world is a very materialistic one.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of drinking; one character has struggled with addiction. Some smoking by minor characters.

  • 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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