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on March 15, 2015
Primarily, the Client List is about relationships and only secondarily about living beyond the edge of legality in a massage business that provides "extra services" for a select group of young, muscular, well heeled male clients.

Family matters: Riley (Jennifer Love Hewitt), Kyle and their two kids live in a fine house. Both of them had lost their jobs sometime ago and the bills are piling up. Kyle seems to be descending into a very dark place, hiding his problems from Riley, and is nearing his breaking point. When Riley gets a job, he vanishes leaving her to cope without him.

Evan, Kyle's brother, has a crush on Riley, is a perfect gentleman, makes her laugh, and helps when he can. Linette, Riley's mother, is quick with advice but has mental blinders when it comes to her next potential husband. Lacey, Riley's best friend, is unimpeachably ethical except when it comes to the matter of having children - her husband Dale doesn't want to. . . .

Work matters: Georgia, Riley's boss, is a good judge of people, crafty, like a mother hen to her girls, but will put herself first. Selena, initially Riley's friend, is conceited and revenge prone. Kendra is sweet, but doesn't know her own heart. Jolene is virtuous, only performs legal massages, but has a secret sorrow in her past. Dee Ann loves Duke, but then becomes involved with a dangerous client. . . .

Extras: "Deleted Scenes" ("Earl" on disc 3 is worth-a-look - it has a humorous twist), "Outtakes", & "Previews".

DVD - 2013. Discs are stacked on a single spindle. Picture sharpness, contrast, and color: excellent. Sound volume moderately low, clear. Subtitles: Also includes Spanish, in addition to the English, French, & Portuguese subtitles listed on Amazon.
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n 2004, the West Texas sex scandal rocked the city of Odessa, Texas when a police investigation of the Healing Touch massage parlor uncovered allegations of prostitution and city corruption.

By 2010, a dramatization of the scandal was featured on the Lifetime Network titled "The Client List" in 2010 and starred actresses Jennifer Love Hewitt ("Ghost Whisperer", I Know What You Did Last Summer") and Cybill Shepard ("Moonlighting", "Taxi Driver", "The Last Picture Show"). The film did well in the ratings for the network as the film drew in 3.9 million viewers and earned Jennifer Love Hewitt a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2011, Lifetime ordered production for a TV series but a re-imagining of the film featuring different characters but yet would feature both Hewitt and Shepard along with Loretta Devine ("Crash", "I Am Sam", "Death at a Funeral"), Colin Egglesfield ("Melrose Place", "S.W.A.T.", "Beautiful Dreamer"), Rebecca Field ("American Reunion", "October Road") and Brian Hallisay ("Privileged", "Hostel: Part III").

With the second season set to premiere on the Lifetime Network in March, "The Client List - The Complete First Season" will be released on DVD in Feb. 2013.

In the TV drama series "The Client List", Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the main character Riley Parks. Rile is a loving wife, a mother of two but trying to keep her marriage alive despite the problems with her husband Kyle (portrayed by Brian Hallisay), who is losing his temper due to financial problems.

One day, Riley came home but her husband Kyle had left her behind with the kids and no note of where he was going or what he was going to do. Fortunately, through this tough time, she has her mother Linette (portrayed by Cybil Shepherd), her best friend since childhood, Lacey Jean (portrayed by Rebecca Field) and her husband's brother Evan (portrayed by Colin Egglesfield), who happens to like her.

Desperate and knowing she must do all she can to raise her two kids and pay for the house to avoid foreclosure, Riley tries to apply for jobs and is recommended by Selene Ramos (portrayed by Alicia Lagano), a masseuse who urges her to use her skills as a massage therapist and apply at a massage parlor where she works at, known as "The Rub".

She is hired immediately by the owner of "The Rub", George Cummings (portrayed by Loretta Devine) and on the first day of her job, she finds out that while the parlor does legit masseuse work, for other women to make more money, they also provide"extra services" to their clients.

At first, Riley refuses to do these "extra services", like her co-worker Jolene (portrayed by Kathleen York). But with threats of her home being foreclosed and in deep financial trouble, Riley decides to go forward with the "extra services" in order to provide for her family but keep this secret life without her family and friends knowing.

But while working at the parlor, she must deal with her mother Linette who is insistent on her daughter starting her life anew and start dating again, meanwhile dealing with Selena, who has become jealous that "The Rub" owner Georgia, is starting to become closer to Riley and giving her more responsibility. And while dealing with her financial problems, issues at home with her children getting into trouble because their father is not home and also discovering new things about her husband that she never knew about, how will Riley deal with these problems?


"The Client List - The Complete First Season" is presented in 1:78:1 anamorphic widescreen and audio is presented in English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital. Picture quality is good for what one can expect on DVD. Lighting is well-done, many outdoor scenes and for the most part, most viewers will be pleased with the picture quality of the series on DVD.

As for the audio, the series is presented in English and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1. Dialogue is clear while the musical soundtrack is also very good in Dolby Digital 5.1. I didn't notice too much surround sound but for a dialogue-driven drama series, the soundtrack is appropriate.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH, French, Portuguese and Spanish.


"The Client List - The Complete First Season" comes with the following special features:

Outtakes - (3:42) Outtakes from the first season of "The Client List" and is featured on disc 2.
Deleted Scenes - A total of 19 deleted scenes are featured on all three DVD discs.


"The Client List - The Complete First Season" comes with a slipcover.


To take a real incident and make it into a telefilm is one thing, but to take that concept and continue it for a full TV series, suffice to say, for "The Client List", I wasn't sure how things would be.

But after watching the first season, with solid writing, a pretty good cast including guest-stars and Jennifer Love Hewitt using her well-known figure for this series, everything has come together for this drama.

Unlike the film, what works is how writers are able to show growth of the character of Riley. Unlike the original film or the story that it's based on, the TV series is not all about sex. Yes, a single mother is raising her children while working at a massage parlor that gives out "extra services", but this character looks at her job as a way to listen to the men and help them out with their problems.

Men who are having problems in their marriage or relationship, Riley is always there to give good advice, great back rubs and whatever she does (that does not include "sex" or whatever she defines as what is sex and what isn't).

But we also see how being a single mother affects her family. Her children having a difficult time adjusting, her mother insisting that she go after a new man, meanwhile taking in more responsibilities at the massage parlor but knowing that she must be careful because of undercover cops.

Meanwhile, you have these supporting characters that make the story interesting.

Riley's mother Linette is a woman who has gone through multiple divorces, but this new man in her he legit?

Lacey Jean is Riley's best friend but what happens when she starts doing her own undercover work in trying to find out how Riley is making money?

Georgia Cummings, the owner of the massage parlor is seen as a woman with power and deep connections, but what happens when she goes against a major politician?

Evan Parks is the brother of Riley's husband and he really likes Riley, but is afraid because that's his brother's wife? But he left her and is nowhere to be found, so does that mean he can go for her? So he faces that conundrum.

Selena Ramos, the one who helped Riley get the job becomes her major rival due to jealousy and what happens when she tries to get close to Evan?

There are also stories involving Riley's co-workers and also an ongoing story regarding the secrets that Riley's husband Kyle has been hiding from her.

But so far, this first season turned out to be quite fascinating and I have been enjoying the series so far. Of course, if you try to look to deep and take this drama a bit too seriously, you may find yourself questioning the series. For example, small town in Texas, yet everyone who comes to the massage parlor seems to look like they all have a fantastic physique and are super models, aside from one hairy man and an old man who dies on the the massage table, the show needs to bring in some normalcy. But I understand, this series is for "Lifetime" and I'm sure the female demographic who enjoy the show would rather see well-fit men, than overweight people come into the massage parlor.

As for criticisms of why she doesn't find a new and different job, Riley explains that she loves the job because she feels she can reach out to people (emotionally). I know there are some who make the juxtaposition of how Jennifer Love Hewitt's last TV job was to help the spirits of the departed in "The Ghost Whisperer", and some going as far as to call "The Client List", "Massage Whisperer". But I'm sure that writers will have quite a bit to work with, considering the little twists that happen towards the end of the first season.

But by no means is this person perfect, not a perfect wife or mother, but she tries. She feels that in order to feed her family and keep them in a home, she has to work hard for them. Anyone looking for moral stories, will probably want to bypass this series. And while the series is not rated, it does have a good amount of profanity as well. So, if profanity bugs you, then this series is not for you.

As for the DVD, picture and audio quality is very good on DVD and you get a good number of special features with many deleted scenes and outtakes.

I look at the first season of "The Client List" as a way to help introduce the characters, establish their background and show the dangers of what the main protagonist does for a living. Especially when you have high rollers, people involved in big business or politics who frequent the place. But it looks like the danger will be heightened for Riley and friends for season two.

The series is obviously not politically correct nor is it moralistic but because we know how the originally story ended, we know that while these women who engage in this practice may be making big money and are happy at first, things are going to be crashing down. I'm not sure how long Lifetime can extend a series like this as the subject matter is not something I can see people getting stringed along for several seasons long. People are going to expect some type of repercussion from the work these ladies do for a living. And the way the first season ends, it doesn't look as if things are going that good for a few of them.

Overall, "The Client List" is a sexy, provocative drama series that people have come to either love or hate.I gave the series a try and the writing did get better and better and its utilization of the cast also has gotten better with each episode for the first season. It's a series that benefits from solid writing, a very good performance from Jennifer Love Hewitt but a series that manages to utilize the twist and turns effectively. I expect a better season 2 but for the most part, "The Client List" is an entertaining drama series that should not be taken too seriously. Just sit back, watch and enjoy.
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on February 26, 2013
The description for this DVD set is from the MOVIE!!! It is NOT from the TV series which is based off the movie.

Samantha is the character in the MOVIE, Riley is the character in the series!

The rest of the description and info that many other reviewers are using is incorrect. The character names have changed. The ONLY two actors from the movie that came into the series is JLH and Cybil Shepard. All the other actors are just from the series.

The series is much lighter in tone than the movie. At this moment in the series, Riley (never confuse her with Samantha) hasn't turned to drugs, but who knows if she will. I have really enjoyed the series for what it is, ENTERTAINMENT. I don't believe it's meant to make anyone feel ashamed of their addictions or what they choose to do as their profession or career. It is also not the ONLY or first thing to come along and portray the profession of Massage Therapy in a bad light. They make a definite distinction between the "happy endings" verses the Massage therapy, which both are preformed at the FICTIONAL spa. I've never gotten the feeling that the series or anyone associated with the show is out to do harm to anyone. It's just entertainment. Heck, watching the news and seeing "happy endings" parlors getting shut down and workers there arrested is enough to make the weirdo perverts walk into any Massage therapists place of employment and ask for "happy endings". Looking forward to S2 and finding out how things will play out.
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on January 11, 2016
Jennifer Love Hewitt shines as Riley Parks, a Texas housewife who was left in financial trouble. After being deserted by her husband Kyle Parks (Brian Hallisay), Riley decided to take a job at a day spa in a nearby town to get her life together. But later she found out the spa's employees provided "additional services". She would eventually decide to offer those same services, but keeping it a secret was a struggle.

Season 1 was certainly a treat. At only $7.00 I'd say it's certainly worth a shot. If you're a fan of the movie (also starring Hewitt) or even a fan of shows like Melrose Place or Sex In The City, this is a must series for you!
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on March 5, 2016
It's not bad but somehow in this day and age I expected it to be much stronger than it is.
Something about the movie is missing but I can't put my finger on it..!!

New Zealand
5 March, 2016.
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on February 22, 2015
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on May 17, 2013
I gave this collection a positive review because I admit I am a hard core Jennifer Love Hewitt fan. When I heard J-Love was doing a show called "The Client List" I thought she would be playing a lawyer. Boy was I mistaken! She runs a high class call girl agency if that is possible. Lots of skin, lots of fun, lots of trouble.
The extras on the DVD were so so. It seems to me they could have added a lot more. Still I can't wait for the complete season two to arrive.
I also have Jen's last series "Ghost Whisperer" But "The Clint List" is much more fun.
If you like bawdy humor check it out. But if you love J-Love this is a must have to your collection.
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on April 14, 2014
Beautiful Texas housewife take life into her own hands after separation from jerk husband .Jennifer Love Hewitt certainly is a beautiful gal. making the husband "stupid" and well as a "jerk". I really enjoyed the series, but I would enjoy watching Ms. Hewitt fry fish.
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on June 16, 2013
I watched the movie and liked that so i bought the first season of the show and fell in love.
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on October 7, 2013
It is a great dvd and I wish they had another season, it was well waiting for and enlightening.
I'm also glad I got this movie now I can watch the whole season and catch up on the ones
that I missed, also with out commercials.
thanks hope
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