Parents' Guide to

A Teacher

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Forbidden affair drama has strong sexual content, language.

TV FX , Hulu Drama 2020
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 15+

What a snooze fest

Boring. The acting the constant swearing, the worst actor is the teachers husband he sounds so disingenuous whenever he opens his mouth. Would not recommend.
age 17+

Mature

This is a great show that serves as a PSA, there is strong language and sexual scenes. I don’t recommend this show for anyone under the age of 16.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

A Teacher refreshingly tackles its shocking subject matter without sensationalizing it or following the expected, lurid path. While it pulls no punches -- both digging into the emotionally heavy, sensitive subject matter and depicting its sexual nature, it generally does so without heading into well-trodden, tabloid territory. The story takes its time and shows restraint, especially early on. It doesn't immediately introduce its two main characters as predator and victim in an illicit relationship, but fills in some of the blanks of their backstories, setting the stage for what's to come. Credit is due to Mara and Robinson, whose layered performances allow you to see how such an unfathomable situation can believably progress from taboo temptation to something much worse.

The dark, emotional nature of the narrative won't be for everyone, as it's a cautionary tale that has no problem taking some pretty uncomfortable turns. And while its episodic format allows it to build slowly -- usually to the benefit of its mature storytelling -- it can also linger a bit too long in those unsettling places. Still, if you're in the mood for a mature story on a subject that's too often played for shock value, A Teacher offers a compelling, nuanced take that could fetch some praise for its performers come awards season.

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