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U.S. Marshall Mary Shannon must hunt down witnesses for federal cases in the witness protection program while also managing rather dysfunctional family and her own personal life.

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Series cast summary:
Mary McCormack ...  Mary Shannon 61 episodes, 2008-2012
Frederick Weller ...  Marshall Mann 61 episodes, 2008-2012
Paul Ben-Victor ...  Stan McQueen 58 episodes, 2008-2012
Nichole Hiltz ...  Brandi Shannon 50 episodes, 2008-2012
Lesley Ann Warren ...  Jinx Shannon 28 episodes, 2008-2012
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Mary Shannon is a U.S. Marshal in the witness protection program who spends her time relocating federal witnesses.. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary works with her partner, Marshall Mann, to place criminals and innocent witnesses into new lives. When not putting her life on the line to protect federal witnesses, Mary attempts to manage her dysfunctional family, including overly dependent mother, Jinx, and younger sister, Brandi, both of whom live with her. Between work and family, Mary has little time for boyfriend Raphael Ramirez who plays minor league baseball. Written by Anonymous

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Welcome to witness protection. Now get lost. See more »


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Official Sites:

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USA

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English

Release Date:

1 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The prop police cars used for Albuquerque Police vehicles have the same color and graphic scheme as real APD vehicles, but the seals on the rear fender are not APD while having the same shape as the real thing. See more »

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Mary Shannon: [intro] Since 1970, the Federal Witness Protection Program has relocated thousands of witnesses, some criminal, some not, to neighborhoods all across the country. Every one of those individuals shares a unique attribute, distinguishing them from the rest of the general population. And that is, somebody wants them dead.
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Referenced in Psych: In Plain Fright (2010) See more »

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Mary Shannon is my hero
6 June 2011 | by wqueringSee all my reviews

After I lifetime in law enforcement, I don't like cop shows. The vast majority of them take themselves waaaay too seriously, and Hollywood displays very little understanding of how cops and police departments work. Oh, they have their technical advisors who show them how cops do tactical stuff, and they do manage to get that stuff mostly right, but it's the day to day stuff that they screw up. For example, how many times have shows depicted a detective leaving some major department and going to another city and immediately becoming a detective? Sorry folks, it just doesn't work that way. I don't care if you have a gold shield in the Big Apple, it you move to another state, you're going to go through the entire testing process all over again, go through another academy, and start out as a junior patrol cop working a beat.

So I don't like cop shows. Except.....

Mary Shannon has to be the most irascible, sarcastic, cynical, wry, blunt pretend LEO to ever pin on a TV badge. I love every minute she and Marshall are on the screen. Whoever writes for the show, especially the dialogue, is a genius. Practically every other line Mary utters is something that I wish I had thought of. At the same time, I identify with both her partner Marshall, and her supervisor Stan. Mary is the sort of partner and subordinate that you love to work with while simultaneously dreading whatever they're going to do next.

The show is hardly a model of realism, but I've given up on Hollywood ever getting that right. I watch the show because I want to see Mary cause Stan to pull out the rest of his hair, to hear her lay into some pompous FBI agent, to tell some protectee or family member just what an idiot they are, or to cause Marshall to go off on some existential tangent. You go girl!!


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