Being Mary Jane: Season 1 (2014)


Season 1
Being Mary Jane

Critics Consensus

Gabrielle Union excels at Being Mary Jane, grounding the fictitious talk show hosts's soapy dramas with a palpable reality and breezy charisma.



Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 22
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Air date: Jan 7, 2014
Air date: Feb 11, 2014
Air date: Feb 18, 2014
Air date: Feb 25, 2014
Air date: Feb 25, 2014

Tv Season Info

In Season 1 of "Being Mary Jane," Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union) is conflicted over her feelings for Andre (Omari Hardwick), Patrick struggles to remain sober, and Kara (Lisa Vidal) makes changes at the network. Meanwhile, Helen (Margaret Avery) questions Paul Sr. (Richard Roundtree) and his status, while he questions their relationship after a blast from the past and a firing puts Mary Jane, Kara and Mark (Aaron D. Spears) on high alert. Elsewhere, Mary Jane finds herself caught in a scandal and Niecy (Raven Goodwin) gets ready for the birth of her baby. Guest starring Ava DuVernay, Wayne Brady and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges.

Critic Reviews for Being Mary Jane Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

Being Mary Jane has been formulated for being fascinating. Now comes the follow-through.

Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Being Mary Jane might not be up to Shonda Rhimes-level of dramatic storytelling and character development. But it's at the head of the table in engaging debate on race and feminism.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

I'll admit that I was SHOCKED by just how good Being Mary Jane is.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 20, 2015 | Full Review…

As provocative as the show's themes are, Being Mary Jane keeps wavering in its perspective on the title character, a problem that deepens as the first season goes on. Do we root for Mary Jane? Or roll our eyes?

Mar 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The pilot is surprisingly funny, fresh, and affecting.

Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Mary Jane is a character I'm interested in, someone whose life I am curious about, someone I want to spend time with.

Mar 20, 2015 | Full Review…

The series, created by Mara Brock Akil, works for a number of reasons, including Union's performance as a very credible contemporary woman.

Mar 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Picking up where a high-rated TV movie left off, it's hardly ground-breaking material, but Union proves good enough company to pull it off, giving BET a credible shot at becoming a more significant player in the scripted game.

Mar 20, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Both the summer movie and Tuesday's premiere feature plot points so severe and odd that they destabilize the show's narrative.

Mar 20, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Being Mary Jane: Season 1

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