Best Worst Weekend Ever
By Joyce Slaton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
High school caper OK for tweens, deeper than it seems.
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Positive themes are woven through the series, some more subtly than others: the confidence parents can give their children by accepting them as individuals and giving them agency, the growth that teens go through on the way to living up to their parents' expectations. Subplots about a group of friends and two stepsisters have strong messages of tolerance, appreciating others on their own terms, and tolerating the quirks and failings of others because they are kind, loyal, and loving.
Positive Role Models
Treece, Argo, and Zed are a group of friends who support and love each other, even if each can be stubborn and unkind at times. Each also has realistic problems: Argo struggles with his father's expectations of him; Treece has difficulty accepting stepsister Hallie; Zed is terrified of moving on to high school and seeing his bond with Treece and Argo change. They are all able to evolve over the course of the series and address (if not totally solve) their problems.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is presented for comic effect but can be a shade more intense than parents might expect: a young woman falls down the stairs while playing an imaginary game; security guards are accidentally shot with darts in the foot and leg.
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No cursing, but characters sometimes use words that are clearly substitutes for other words: "freaking," "flipping."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Best Worst Week Ever is a series about a group of friends who tries to sneak into a comic convention and create a memorable weekend before they start high school. The setup is classic teen comedy, but it's cleaner than parents might expect: there's no cursing, sex, drinking, or drugs. In fact, these teens are concerned not with hooking up or getting wasted, but instead with presenting ideas to their artistic hero. On the downside, the friends deceive a parent who thinks his son is going to study and get a haircut over the weekend while he's out of town instead of throwing a big party; they're also unkind to a quirky girl and use her for her perks (she can drive). But the characters learn from their mistakes, make amends, and do better next time. The cast boasts ethnic and racial diversity, as well as some diversity in body type, rare in shows about teens. Violence may be a bit more intense than can be expected: guards are shot with arrows that protrude from their bodies as they cry out in pain; a girl rolls down a long set of stairs while playing a game.
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What's the Story?
Summer is almost over. High school starts Monday. And in between, for Zed (Sam Ashe Arnold) and his best friends Treece (Brianna Reed) and Argo (Cole Sand), lies the BEST WORST WEEKEND EVER. A comic con is finally happening in their tiny town, and their icon, the author of the comics series "Star Crashers" is going to be there. But through a series of misadventures, none of the friends can get into the con. Can they get inside, meet their idol, keep their parents happy, and have the greatest weekend of their lives, all at the same time? Or is this weekend doomed to failure and misery?
Is It Any Good?
As lovable and occasionally awkward as teenagers themselves, this zippy series is like a clean-enough-for-tweens version of cinematic high school comedy capers like Superbad or Sixteen Candles. The setup is a familiar one: the adults are distracted, a major milestone looms, and the young cast has only a limited period of time to make something happen. The switch up here is that the "something" is meeting a literary/cultural icon instead of hooking up and/or falling in love -- these teens are so squeaky clean that there's not a red Solo cup'd beverage in sight at the big parents-out-of-town house party that anchors the first episode, and when they get together feverishly in corners, it's to talk about comic books, not to kiss.
There's also a sweetness that grounds the manic hijinks with a missing dog, costumed comics fans, and a pinata full of shrimp. That sweetness is crystallized in the second episode of Best Worst Week Ever when Zed explains in a voiceover that he became a fan of comic books after his dad died. Alone, his family in tatters, Zed's comics were his only friends, and he was reading one the day at the park when a couple of other kids noticed. They started a conversation with him, he shared his comic series with them, and they soon became, as Zed says, his new family. It's a line that will floor anyone who's felt alone but was able to connect to others through a fandom, through art doing the job it's meant to do. And the fact that it's in a silly kid's comedy is surprising -- and beautiful. This lightweight little show is deeper than it seems; help your kids discover it.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why comedies set in or around high schools are so popular. Why does high school loom so large in the imaginations of those who write about teens? What's different, scary, or funny about high school? Does high school look or feel real when you see it on TV or in the movies?
How do the characters on Best Worst Weekend Ever demonstrate courage and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?
- Premiere date: October 19, 2018
- Cast: Sam Ashe Arnold, Brianna Reed, Tiffany Espensen
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Character Strengths: Courage, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: February 27, 2022
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