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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 1, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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56

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6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

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  • Summary: Following the trend of tough-talking female law-enforcement cable series such as TNT's "Saving Grace" and "The Closer," USA Network serves up Mary McCormack as U.S. Marshal Mary Shannon, who helps those in the witness-protection program.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. In Plain Sight is a definite for any summer TV To-Watch list; don't cross it off until you've seen at least one.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    75
    The plots are often unbelievable. But I like Mary, especially as she's set up in the series premiere, complete with a wacky mom.
  3. The plots are a little obvious--you can usually stay a jump or two ahead of the revelations--but the actors keep you well distracted.
  4. In Plain Sight may not offer the newest characters on the block, but they're diverting, and at least they can spell.
  5. McCormack, a rangy actress who looks more comfortable in Mary Shannon's tank tops and casual jackets than she ever did in the lawyerly business suits she wore way back on "Murder One," manages to make all this crankiness intermittently endearing.
  6. 50
    The writers overplay the banter and allow Mary to become so harsh, you wonder why even the most devoted partner puts up with her. But for the most part, as long as McCormack and Weller are together, or sharing time with their boss (Paul Ben-Victor), the show functions as harmless hot-weather pleasure.
  7. 30
    In Plain Sight already seems tired with its crime-of-the-week, flawed-protagonist self.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. LisaM.
    Jun 19, 2008
    10
    love this show. it's a can't miss show. different from the same ols cop/law shows on now.
  2. JOrtiz
    Jun 2, 2008
    10
    It is great. Even though she seems a litlte flaky, it's very real, it gives her a realistic feel.
  3. Terry
    Jul 16, 2008
    9
    I really enjoy the show. I hope they leave it on.
  4. SweeneyL.
    Jun 8, 2008
    8
    Pretty good summer show. The writing could be improved but the characters are amusing.
  5. TJG.
    Jul 1, 2008
    7
    It's alright for the weekly hour of a show, but not as good as burn notice. I hope that later episodes will be better.
  6. May 6, 2012
    5
    This shows main attraction is that being about WITSEC, it is therefore not a procedural. The problem is that some episodes are too much like aThis shows main attraction is that being about WITSEC, it is therefore not a procedural. The problem is that some episodes are too much like a procedural, going through the usual motions trying to find out whats going on because the witness isn't telling them everything, and others are just plain boring. The witnesses themselves are just so uninteresting and there is no real sense of threat against them or end goal. Mary's attitude is 'lets babysit this scumbag who I hate but have to protect for my job until they become someone else's problem'. It also shows Mary's family like which is just boring. The show is not funny like many people have said although there are identifiable moments when it attempts to be funny. This shows premise gives it the opportunity to be more action based and serious and have the bad guys actually attacking the witnesses but it blew it. Expand
  7. EmiliaJ.
    Jun 5, 2008
    0
    When we don't even sit through an entire episode, you know we hated something, because usually we try to allow shows to find their When we don't even sit through an entire episode, you know we hated something, because usually we try to allow shows to find their rhythm. But this one's tone-deaf and flat-footed, and life's too short to watch execrable TV, even for Mary McCormack, whom I loved in "Broken Hearts Club". Expand

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