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|Saving Grace - Season 1|
Actor: Holly Hunter
Genres: Drama, Television
There are very few television shows that revolve around a single figure to the extent that Saving Grace does. Then again, there are even fewer that can boast an actor as good as Oscar winner Holly Hunter in the lead role, ... more »
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Cary C. (doublec) from HOLLY RIDGE, NC
Reviewed on 7/3/2012...
I'll admit that I wasn't crazy about the over-abundance of sex/nudity (and I'm a man) but it gets toned down as the season progresses (and is really toned down in season 2). Luckily, I got past that and found this to be one of the best written/acted shows in the past 10-15 yrs. Holly Hunter plays Grace so perfectly. Grace isn't meant to be a role model, and this show isn't intended for little girls. Grace is a tough person with a good heart that uses bad vices to try to drown out her horrible past.
And the Angel, Earl, is Great! He is there to Save Grace, but not by 'telling her what to do'. Grace wouldn't listen if he tried. It's a process learned by self recognition.
Earl is quirky, heart-warming, and hilarious. Without Earl, this would be just 'another cop show'.
I think the writers hit a home run with the notion that: in order to be 'saved' you have to Forgive Yourself, Forgive Others, & realize that you are Worthy of Grace.
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Good Acting, Confusing Story
Cop Show Fan | Chicago, IL United States | 05/25/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love Holly Hunter and this show is saved from being a confusing mess by her performance. But the show ultimately relies on lots of nude scenes and a convoluted storyline about redemption via a personal angel that makes no sense whatsoever. Grace is a cop and a good cop but at the age of 50 is still acting like a 25 year old. She gets drunk almost every night, is seeing a married man and picks up strangers for sex. For a woman of 50 with a responsible job and career I found her behavior disturbing and not something to emulate. I like having heroes. Grace is not my hero. I know the inevitable comparison will be made to male heroes who exhibit this kind of behavior, but they were never my heroes. The story of Grace's angel "Earl" seems like a deliberate add-on to the usual cop story and the writers/producers don't really seem to know what to do with him other than have him appear out of nowhere and chastise Grace without giving her any support or insight into her life or beliefs. The angel insists that she has to believe in God--why? I do believe in God so it's not a question of my not liking that premise, but where's the rationale? Just because he says so? In other shows where God and angels play a role, such as "Touched by an Angel", the angels serve to guide and help people make choices--in this show "Earl" doesn't seem to have a clue why he is there with Grace except that he has been told he has to save her. The first season is probably the best, but after that I found the show so repetitive and silly and Grace's behavior so unbelievable (50 year olds can't get drunk every night and still perform their jobs well) that I stopped watching it."
Grace is Amazing
N. Carr | Bakersfield, CA USA | 03/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a delectable melting pot of colorful characters and story lines. The series is entertaining, thought-provoking, funny, silly, serious, and extremely well-written. As Earl reminds us, we have free will, so if nudity, profanity, promiscuity, crime, smoking, and drinking are offensive to you, pop an Old Yeller or Pollyanna (I LOVE those movies too) video in your player and chill. The cast is nothing short of perfection. I can't visualize anyone else playing those roles. I have Okie roots myself, as does my husband, so these guys feel like family. For me the underlying message of the show is: Make good choices, get good consequences, and vice versa. And no matter what your burning, angst-filled, life questions may be, the answers are inside your own heart. And so is God."