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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 2, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Lisa Vidal, Richard Brooks, Gabrielle Union
  • Summary: After a successful TV movie, BET brings TV anchor Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) back as a TV series as she continues to balances work, finding love, and supporting her father (Richard Roundtree), two brothers, a niece, and her sick mother (Margaret Avery).
  • Genre(s): Animation, Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 7, 2014
    80
    A strong supporting cast includes Margaret Avery as her sick and often fretful mother, Richard Roundtree as her father and Lisa Vidal as her producer and friend, Kara. But it's Union's commitment to all the craziness in her character's life (including sex in all the wrong places, with all the wrong people) that's likely to make Being Mary Jane my newest guilty pleasure.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Jan 7, 2014
    75
    Being Mary Jane has been formulated for being fascinating. Now comes the follow-through.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 7, 2014
    75
    The series, created by Mara Brock Akil, works for a number of reasons, including Union's performance as a very credible contemporary woman.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 7, 2014
    70
    What makes it all work, moderately, is Union, who manages to portray Mary Jane as relatable, sexy and vulnerable, without being a saint or goody-two-shoes.
  5. 70
    There are so many familiar ideas and stories in BMJ that it's easy to miss some of the show's more daring and interesting moments. Mercifully, though, they're in there.
  6. Reviewed by: Jon Caramanica
    Jan 7, 2014
    50
    Both the summer movie and Tuesday’s premiere feature plot points so severe and odd that they destabilize the show’s narrative.
  7. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Jan 27, 2014
    50
    Gabrielle Union is by far the best thing about this single-lady-in-search-of-a-life drama.... Alas, the sluggish pacing and ridiculous dialogue send the show down the drain. [31 Jan/7 Feb 2014, p.96]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    9
    A compelling drama about Mary Jane, a talk-show host who is eager to find love but is running out of time, due to that, she makes bad choicesA compelling drama about Mary Jane, a talk-show host who is eager to find love but is running out of time, due to that, she makes bad choices which leads her into awful situations. Better than the pilot, but still very over exerted on sex scenes and the storyline was quite complicated at times. Putting that aside, 'Being Mary Jane', could be one of the best drama series to round in a long time. Bring on the second season! Expand
  2. Feb 27, 2014
    7
    I loved the show I want more Mary Jane best show ever keeps me wanting more to watch hey what can I say us women can relate to Mary jane II loved the show I want more Mary Jane best show ever keeps me wanting more to watch hey what can I say us women can relate to Mary jane I could watch theses series for a long time my I pay my cable bill to watch bet u know the show the game is a great show to but Mary Jane put the icing on the cake I give that show a million stars love it Expand