Despite what you may think , The Client List isn't actually as salacious as it's made out to be, in fact it's pretty tame all things considered. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, The Client List was first released a few years ago but has been given a resurgence thanks to Netflix and even though there are only two seasons with 20 episodes in total, it's still a decent show to binge watch.
It's inspired by a true story which in lay mans terms means creators took a lot of artistic licence with the script! The show follows Riley Parks who finds herself in all sorts of trouble when her husband abandons both her and the kids leaving her virtually broke. Needing a job and with limited skills, she starts work at a day spa in her small Texas town but quickly realises that some of the clients are getting more than massages, something she point blank refuses to do. But as her financial problems worsen and she really starts to struggle, she relents and earns extra money through unspecified massage ‘services'.
What follows is a story about a woman desperate not to be found out as she tries to make life as normal as possible especially when she's around her children, her mother and her friends. Throw a budding romance with her ex's brother into the mix as well as some unwanted attention from her male clients and the pressures of a corrupt police offer and you have the story of The Client List. It's not particularly gritty or dark and outside the odd visual reference to her extra services, this is a story primarily about one woman who wants to do the best for her family. Yes, Love Hewitt looks spectacularly put together in every scene and everything is relatively glamorised so it's not exactly the most realistic portrayal of the industry. That said, it's more of a romance drama than anything else. It's a chick flick tv series and in that respect it ticks all the boxes.