Parents' Guide to

Control Z

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Mature, binge-worthy teen drama has tons of bullying, sex.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

really good show


This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

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, nothing innapropriate. A high tech version of Gossip Girl. A girl's secret is being transgender and she gets exposed. Her boyfriend breaks up with her and kids bully her. The hacker offers revenge by telling her she can expose others secrets. There is another girl who tries to solve the mystery with her Sherlock Holmes like skills. She is smart, capable, and funny. Teens can solve the mystery along with her. Parents can discuss cyberbullying. This show will heighten your kids' problem solving skills as it has mysteries for them to solve with clues. There is some swearing but it's all in Spanish and there are a few slurs, mainly towards the trans girl. Obviously tell kids not to use it.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (9 ):

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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