A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Lots of profanity in Spanish and English, including "f--k" and anti-LGBTQ+ slurs. Rude gestures are also used.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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