Parents' Guide to

AlRawabi School for Girls

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violent Arab mean-teen drama better with cultural knowledge.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

This show was very upsetting for me to watch. Yes it really shows bullying and the impacts, but it is also really intense. Rating it for those 12 and 11 is way to young in my opinion because they are too young to understand that payback is not a good tactic when it comes to bullying.
age 12+

Great show for Teenagers

I’ve watched the entire first season of this show. I think it can be educational for teenagers (12 - 18) and fun for young adults (18 - 25). It’s mostly a teen drama if you’re into that. There is a lot going on that tells a lot about bullying in school. When watching it’s rather easy to relate to the main character of the show when you’ve witnessed similar behavior or when you’ve been through bullying yourself.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (12 ):

The troubling high school drama, which is dubbed and subtitled in English, shows the far-reaching consequences that bullying has on young people. It also points to how easily one can go from being the victim to becoming the tormentor when consumed with seeking revenge. However, the dark, mean girls-themed series, which was created and produced almost entirely by a cast and crew of Arab women, also reveals how being a victim of each other's harassment is further complicated by the social norms and customs to which these young, unmarried women are expected to abide.

The overall narrative is solid, and the message about the damage bullying causes is clear. However, viewers watching Alrawabi School for Girls from a Western point of view may find the way the topic ties into moral conversations about women's virtue and honor unsettling. But even those who understand the cultural context from which the story is told may be disturbed by the cold and calculated ways these teens seek to purposely manipulate their adversaries into situations that can lead to beatings, banishment from society, or worse for bringing shame upon their families. Some will find the series worth tuning into; others may find it more disconcerting than entertaining.

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