3%

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
3% TV Poster Image
Dystopian thriller has a good story, violent moments.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The poor compete for privilege. Challenge power.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Candidates are committed, determined, ruthless. 

Violence

Suicides, fights, murders; guns used, some blood visible. An attempted sexual assault. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, brief nudity. 

Language

Cursing (spoken in Portuguese, subtitled in English).

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional drinking, cigarette smoking; hallucinogenic gas used in a challenge. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 3% is a Brazilian dystopian Netflix series featuring young people trying to stay alive through a grueling selection process, Hunger Games-style. There are some violent moments (shootings, murder, suicide, assaults), sexual innuendo, brief nudity, cursing (subtitled in English), and occasional smoking and drinking. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byRachel B. January 11, 2017

Not for children!

Not for children. Explicit nudity, deep emotional topics, crazy sexual encounters almost every episode.
Parent of a 13 year old Written byci f. December 10, 2017

Disturbing in places

This seems to have a rating of 12 but is much worse than most of the age 15 ratings we have seen recently. Violent scenes that dwell on the gore and some distur... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byCyanFish May 6, 2018
Teen, 16 years old Written bysuperman13 August 3, 2018

Surprisingly sophisticated, engrossing dystopian drama is both underrated and overlooked.

Its easy to overlook '3%' as a formulaic, dispensable YA thriller, but in truth, this is some of the most riveting television I've ever seen. Wit... Continue reading

What's the story?

The Netflix series 3% is a Brazilian dystopian thriller about a group of young adults attempting to survive a ritualistic selection process in hopes of ascending to a better life. Michele Santana (Bianca Comparato) lives in the slums of a postapocalyptic São Paulo. Like other 20-year-olds, she must participate in the Process, a state-imposed series of mental, physical, and emotional challenges that determine who gets to live in the adjoining privileged society known as the OffShore. While Michele, along with other hopefuls like Fernando Carvalho (Michel Gomes), Rafael Moreira (Rodolfo Valente), Joana Coelho (Vaneza Oliveira), and Marco Alvarez (Rafael Lozano) are determined to make it through to reach the mythical land of prosperity, Process Leader Ezequiel (João Miguel) is under increasing pressure from leadership to watch for potential candidates who represent the Cause, a group of rebels determined to bring down the entire system. 

Is it any good?

Adapted from a popular YouTube series, this compelling futuristic drama offers a thought-provoking narrative that will appeal to teens who enjoy fare like The Hunger Games. It also offers a young, diverse, and attractive ensemble cast designed to appeal to its target audience. However, it doesn’t feature some of the advanced special effects the genre is known for, which makes it feel a little low-budget in comparison.

Nonetheless, what 3% lacks in visual sophistication is more than made up for by its intriguing story world and a strong cast of characters, both of which become richer as the narrative moves briskly along. It has its share of violence, but most of the challenges are more psychologically draining than they are physically abusive. If you're looking for a good series to absorb yourself in, you won’t be disappointed by this one. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about TV shows and movies about dystopian societies such as the one in 3%. A dystopia is undesirable and frightening, so why are stories about them so popular? Are they statements about today’s society? Is the intention to warn us about tomorrow? 

  • Do you like watching shows with subtitles? What kinds of elements does 3% contain that make it appealing to non-Brazilian audiences? 

TV details

For kids who love dystopian drama

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