Control Z

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mature, binge-worthy teen drama has tons of bullying, sex.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Bullying, both cyber and in real time, is a major theme. The extensive damage it causes is underscored. Friendship, family problems, and other topics are also featured. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sofía faces her own demons, but is not weak or afraid to do what she has to in order to get to the truth. Some teachers and administrators are gossipy or inept. A teacher is involved in an inappropriate relationships with her student.  

Violence

The death of a parent and attempted suicide are key themes. Extreme bullying is visible both online and in real time. Adults seem incapable of stopping it. Bloody fights lead to destruction of property and near-fatal injuries. Cutting is visible. A kidnapping takes place, and a scary figure appears.

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, ranging from scenes featuring teens making out to cast members engaged in various sex acts, and references to contracting herpes as a result. Partial nudity is visible (bare bottom). A trans cast member becomes central to a story. Crude sexual references are frequent, and borderline sexual harassment is shown. 

Language

Lots of profanity in Spanish and English, including "f--k" and anti-LGBTQ+ slurs. Rude gestures are also used. 

Consumerism

Apple, Ford, Audi, and other logos are visible, but not prominently featured. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Smoking and vaping is visible. Teens drink hard liquor and beer. Adult drinking at bars is also visible. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Control Z is a Mexican teen mystery drama that features a range of relevant social themes, ranging from bullying to problematic attitudes about mental health, prejudices against the LGBTQ+ community, and others. There’s lots of edgy content, including strong sexual innuendo, simulated sex acts, partial nudity, and images of genitals. There's also crude references, and plenty of cursing in Spanish and English, including "f--k" and hateful slurs. Teen drinking and smoking is visible, too. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAmareJackson June 11, 2020

Not like other wishy washy shows

This show does not have any nudity. There is a sex scene but very briefly shown and not intense or anything. Violence is present when two boys fight over someth... Continue reading
Adult Written byGinaBurkesMom June 11, 2020

Pretty good, not as bad as Common Sense makes it out to be

Common Sense has exaggerated the innuendo and content of this show. Genitalia is never shown, only slightly implied.(eggplant). Images are shown in short bursts... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bySarishasen134 July 7, 2020

Amazing plot line

This show will keep you on the edge of your seat. The story and the plot line is very good and the acting is very good. The reason I rated this show 17+ was bec... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBVGirl05 July 11, 2020

Very good show

This show has a lot of cursing, bullying, sex (and sexuality) but it’s interesting for teens. However there are some sex scenes and bare breast displayed.

What's the story?

CONTROL Z is a Mexican teen drama that follows teen sleuths trying to capture a hacker. Sofia (Ana Valeria Becerril) is a junior at El Colegio Nacional in Mexico City, where she is considered an outsider by her classmates due to a stint in a mental health facility after the death of her father. But Sofía isn’t afraid to stand up to bullies like Gerry (Patricio Gallardo), who loves to torment the shy Luis (Luis Curiel). But to her surprise, Sofía unexpectedly bonds with Javier (Michael Ronda), the son of the country’s biggest soccer star, after being assigned to partner with him in class. Making things more complicated is that Raul (Yankel Stevan) is interested in her, too.

Navigating high school is complicated enough. But when a hacker calling him/herself "@—allyoursecrets..." breaks into the school computer system and reveals classmate Isabela’s (Zión Moreno) secrets during a school video presentation, the observant Sofía, with the help of Javier and others, searches for the person(s) responsible. Everybody is a suspect, and everyone, it seems, is also a victim, making it difficult to know who to trust. 

Is it any good?

This edgy series (which is subtitled in English) offers its share of teen drama and revealing moments as Sofía attempts to shut down a hacker whose extortion plot is wreaking havoc in their school. The vibe feels similar to U.S.-produced shows like Gossip Girl, thanks to the good looking cast and multiple love interests. But it’s the continual efforts to strong-arm people that drives most events. And adding to the tension, the majority of the adults in the school seem incompetent when it comes to supporting students or making good choices for themselves. 

Like most teen shows of this type, the antics featured here can be a little over the top. Nonetheless, Control Z  associates many of the cast’s secrets with relevant social issues that cross national and cultural boundaries, including stigmas associated with mental health, continued prejudices against the LGBTQ+ community, and the pervasiveness of bullying. It also reminds us how we create our own vulnerabilities by relying on cell phones and social media to help us make sense of the world. Overall, it’s a series that is entertaining, addictive, and has mass global appeal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages Control Z  sends about bullying. Why do the adults seem more concerned about the digital harassment taking place throughout school than the physical assaults and other bullying behaviors happening in real time? Why do people make these distinctions? 

  • Is the hacking the main source of conflict in the series? How is this behavior used to address different social themes?     

  • Does this show make any statements about the importance of empathy and respect? How do these qualities work to keep a social unit functioning? How do they benefit a community?

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