Hey Rachel Darnall, I don’t usually make recommendations on things to watch, but given everything you have stated above, you might enjoy something I just finished up with. It is a Canadian crime drama series of two seasons’ duration called “Intelligence”, now on Netflix streaming.
What makes it interesting to me, as much as anything, is that it is true to its title. The main character in a way, is information. The plots and subplots don’t revolve so much around any long-term outcomes, as the ways and means all the various players have of gathering intelligence to find out what really is going on and where they stand in it.
The principal characters are a sort of mid-level drug kingpin who, like a Michael Corleone, is too good at the game for his own good even while saying he wants out and only wants to take care of his family; and a top law enforcement official who in the course of the stories finds herself playing the roles of madam, voyeur, bald-faced liar and even an enabler of serious crimes and defender of those who commit them. What compels them both, is simply stated in the introductory montage: “we need good intelligence.”
It isn’t quite like any other crime series I ever saw. The “good guys versus bad guys” formula hardly even applies, and consequently it tends to let the audience make its own value judgments.
The former character I mention is a co-owner in a strip club, but the photography and portrayals surrounding the club as the scene of much of the plots is neither titillating nor moralistically PG-ed into “family-friendly” fake innocence. The women who work there are shown as just characters in all their humanity and not overdone as such.
And the latter, works hand-in-glove with a top informant who is an escort broker, as together they openly schedule encounters for other women that are certain to involve sex, but again, this element of the stories is not about staging excuses to see women take their clothes off.
I think it only ran two seasons, because it literally is too intelligent for the mass appeal formulas that cause shows to run longer. One has to decide for oneself what the right and wrong of it all adds up to, and that is never easy. But with everything you’ve indicated about what you might find worth watching and what you don’t, I feel comfortable suggesting to a pregnant Christian lady that you might enjoy it, and that it won’t be the gratuitous assault on the senses you seem to find needless in fictional programming. Certainly not as much so as any war documentary that is being honest, must certainly be.