A Teacher

TV review by
Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media
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Forbidden affair drama has strong sexual content, language.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Story of an illicit, sexual relationship between a high school teacher and her student is light on positive messages. A character is also shown shoplifting. 

Positive Role Models

The victim is portrayed as a kind, if flawed, individual who values his relationships with his friends and family. 


Some verbal arguments and emotional abuse, but no physical violence to speak of. 


Strong sexual content, including male and female masturbation, and sexual intercourse. No full nudity, but characters appear in various stages of undress. 


Strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "c-m," "bitch," "ass," and "pissed."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of underage drinking and smoking, including marijuana use. Reference to being "stoned." Teens are given breathalyzer tests by police at a keg party. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Teacher is a mature drama series about an illicit, sexual affair between a high school teacher and her student. The show depicts the predator's grooming of her victim, as well as the ensuing relationship and its fallout. Strong sexual content, including intercourse and male and female masturbation, is frequently depicted. Teens are shown in their underwear in sexual situations. Teenage boys make sexual comments about their female peers. Pregnancy and ovulation is discussed. Foul language, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "ass," and "pissed," is used frequently. Characters, including teenagers, consume alcohol and smoke marijuana. A reference to being "stoned" is made. A teenager is given a breathalyzer test by a police officer. A woman shoplifts, and lies to her husband about meeting her underage student. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAntoniaChigas402 December 29, 2020

This Drama Show is Not Appropriate for the Family, This is Not a Family Show

Grandparents need to know That a Mature Drama Show A Teacher is on FX on Hulu, This Drama Show is Not Meant to Put On By Kids, Tweens or Teens, Kids will Find a... Continue reading
Adult Written byEmmyEmmyReacts December 3, 2020

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.
Teen, 14 years old Written byItzJustLukas June 18, 2021


I enjoyed watching this show. As a 14 year old I did not feel uncomfortable at all but I am used to watching stuff like this so I would say 15 and up is appropr... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bybraedvon June 22, 2021

Don't even bother watching this trash!!

This show depicts a student-teacher relationship. It has frequent profanity ("f--k", "s--t"), and frequent sex/masturbation scenes. Teens fr... Continue reading

What's the story?

A TEACHER tells the story of an illicit, sexual relationship between high school teacher Claire (Kate Mara) and her student Eric (Nick Robinson.) The eight-episode mini-series deals with both the predator's grooming of the victim, as well as the ensuing, emotional affair. The consequences of the taboo relationship, and how they affect all involved is also covered. The story spends plenty of time with both characters, focusing on their individual perspectives of the situation, as well as diving into their lives and relationships outside of the affair. 

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about A Teacher's depiction of high school life. Does it accurately represent students and teachers? Is the dialog between the teenagers believable? Does it depict the teens' life outside of school accurately?

  • Why is the relationship between Claire and Eric wrong? What are the possible emotional consequences of such a relationship? What are the legal ramifications? 

  • What is the impact of Claire and Eric's relationship on their friends and families? How does it effect Eric's schooling? How does it effect Claire's professional life? 

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