In Plain Sight

USA (ended 2012)



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In Plain Sight
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In Plain Sight follows the story of a Federal Marshal with the Witness Protection program who must hide her high-risk, high-impact job from her family. To those that know her, Mary Shannon is a glorified meter maid, but her real job is much more dangerous. She must oversee federal witnesses who have been relocated through the Witness Protection program and make sure that they stay safe.

The series stars Mary McCormack in the title role and Lesley Ann Warren as her mother, Jinx. (Working title - Mary Sunshine)

In Plain Sight is produced by Universal Media Studios for USA Network.


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    • Never really got over the way out of character (written in) pregnancy.

      Just finished watching the entire series.

      The first 3 seasons were more or less what I came and was hoping for - a light and 'spunky' drama; akin to shows like burn notice, psych, chuck, etc.

      The show chugged along fairly predictably but certainly enjoyably until season 4 and specifically the whole pregnancy thing.

      It bugged me more that anything else in the series, it left me confused and in disbelief, I initially assumed they were going for some serious character development -denial of being pregnant, acceptance of being pregnant, arranging to put it up for adoption, over time become less against being pregnant and then some how losing the baby but realizing that doing the 'white picket fence thing' is not as unwanted as she thought it would be.

      The real/original Mary didn't seem to be the type to meet a guy, fall in love, get married and then have kids. Then suddenly the women for whom casual sex is not an uncommon thing 'accidentally' gets pregnant. It was especially unbelievable as an accident given how responsible Mary is portrayed to be.

      Though a couple of eps after the pregnant thing I did get some solace -when Dr. Finkel remarked that a sexually active 39 YO women doesn't suddenly screw up their contraception.

      Also what was up with bringing back that O'connor FBI guy in season 5; let alone having him running a major (most wanted) operation?

      Maybe it's just me but having a colleague take your place in an operation (that he doesn't comeback from) so you could sleep with his wife and then proceeding to waste millions of tax payer money in a wild goose chase so that you could make yourself feel better about it shouldn't have had the apparent effect of boosting his FBI career prospects.

      And should probably just ignore the 'fans' who go on about how 'intelligent, deep and profound" the show was because it wasn't (peekaboo is amazing to a baby).

      It was a good show, it did what it was meant too -entertain me.moreless
    • Hidden. Not Forgotten

      This is an emotionally intense and satisfying show. Mary and Marshall are a superbly antagonistic team who complement each other when it counts. Exploring the topic of relocating people into Witness Protection is a brilliant concept, and this show illuminates the unexpected emotional outcomes of our "WitSec" system. Bottom line: I highly recommend this show.
    • Not As Plain As One Might Think

      Though I initially avoided the series, after I gave it a chance and got into it, In Plain Sight turned out to be a lot better than I thought. And, each season got progressively better; except for the final season which did a disservice to several key characters. The format of the series allowed for a wide range of different types of stories and for a variety of interest guest stars. The clever writing and witty dialog made the series a truly enjoyable show that was fun to watch.moreless
    • mary in plan site

      Hay why stop the show it is really good and Mary she is why I like in plan site now you all are takeing another good show
    • Likes - great location shots, good humor, solid cast and fine acting. Dislikes - offensive profanity, situations at Mary's home make you want to slap someone.

      In Plain Sight is a fun series. We became steady viewers the first time we watched - we admit that's partly because we lived in Albuquerque, and enjoy seeing familiar spots in town, and the backdrop of our favorite mountains and beautiful evening sky shots. Shooting on location is preferable to unending studio scenes - such as those on "Medium," a series which purportedly takes place in Phoenix, but never shows anything from Arizona - it all looks more like Pasadena. IPS makes good use of the high desert scenery.

      IPS is a low-budget drama, evident mostly by the sparse US Marshals' office and the thin cast. Adding Holly Maples as the office administrator made sense - until then the three pros had no support. Even that cast increase had no effect on the show budget - she's married to producer David Maples. And the same abandoned motel on Central Avenue seems to be featured in every episode. Mary continues to drive the same smoky Ford Probe, but now it's part of the scenery, so let's keep it.

      The sniping between Mary's character Mary, and Marshal Marshall (Frederick Weller) often gets us laughing. But be warned - IPS scripts are offensively profane. The first episode I saw had Mary McCormack emitting three vulgarities just for starters. Gratuitous cursing and swearing make us cringe, and we wonder about Ms. McCormack's legacy of work, which she could not even allow her grandchildren to view. We put up with it, but IPS would be far better fare without it.

      The episode titles are some of the most amusing we've ever seen for a series. Puns, word games and pop culture references abound - we love it.

      Like many series, IPS shifts regularly from crime drama to soap opera. The home cast of ne'er-do-well sister Brandi (Nichole Hiltz) and weepy mom Jinx (Lesley Ann Warren) was downright tedious in the beginning of Season 2, but later episodes had their dysfunctional ways lessen. We do like the Detective Robert Dershowitz (Todd Williams) character - often at odds with Mary, but showing growing respect for her and bringing in good bits of police-FBI cooperation. Good work also by Paul Ben-Victor as supervising marshal Stan McQueen, who does well when the main storyline revolves around him. Glad it got a Season 3 - hope the audiences are getting used to good shows going into hiatus for months at a time - if we all accept it, maybe they won't lose so much viewer share that they slip into cancellation jeopardy.moreless

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    undercover cops, relationship woes, secrets and lies, Legal, dysfuntional families