Dare Me

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Edgy cheerleading thriller has drinking, sex, and murder.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 9 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Cheering is a ruthless sport, and causes physical and psychological industries. Family and relationship dysfunction, loyalty, and other themes are explored. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No one is completely innocent here, but some teens are meaner than others. Many adults in the series don’t always make the best decisions or serve as positive role models. 

Violence

Murder is a theme. Cheerleaders somethings fall hard; attempts to make them do so are shown.  Bruises are also visible. A teen is showing regurgitating food to lose weight; a teammate kicks her in the stomach to help her. 

Sex

There are strong sexual moments, including simulated sex acts.  Sexting is visible. Infidelity is addressed. 

Language

Words like "bitch," and curses like "s--t" are audible, and rude gestures are visible. The word "f--k"  is often heard in the streaming version. 

Consumerism

Apple phones visible. Logos for Coca Cola, Coors, and other products visible in the background.  The series soundtrack features music by a range of popular talent, including Lizzo. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens are shown stealing and drinking liquor. There’s some occasional adult drinking and cigarette smoking, too. A parent is a prescription pill addict. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dare Me is a dramatic thriller about the lengths competitive cheerleaders from an Ohio high school will go to get what they want.This mature series features lots of edgy content, ranging from murder to strong sexual content, including simulated sex acts. There’s also some underage drinking, cigarette smoking, and copious amounts of cursing (Note: the streaming version of the series has stronger language than what airs on TV). Logos shown from a distance include Coors and Coca Cola, while iPhones are often visible. The soundtrack features music by the Raveonettes, Smokio Ono, and Lizzo.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJD1376 January 1, 2021

Not suitable without talking about it first...

The show is interesting and I can see why people like it, but this is MATURE! There is a lot of bullying, peer pressuring, eating disorder behavior, inappropria... Continue reading
Adult Written byNiyahl July 30, 2021

Disappointed

I’ve been in love with this show from the get go, but it was sad to hear they canceled the show right at a cliffhanger and only at 1 season! Very frustrating an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byScarlett1010 May 16, 2021

Awesome

Great show , must watch with kids
Teen, 15 years old Written byEvaLynn December 31, 2020

Definitely Not For Kids...

There's a sex scene in like every episode, heavy alcohol use, and other awkward scenes that you wouldn't want someone under 16 to watch.

What's the story?

Based on Megan Abbott’s popular book of the same name, DARE ME is a dramatic thriller about the lengths competitive cheerleaders from an Ohio high school will go to get what they want. Addy Hanlon (Herizen Guardiola) is best friends with Beth Cassidy (Marlo Kelly), fellow cheerleader and troubled captain of the fictitious Sutton High School squad. When new coach Collette French (Willa Fitzgerald) takes over the team, the dynamics change, and Beth and Addy’s relationship grows tense. While the squad works towards the championships, some of their darker secrets some to light, As a result, when a terrible crime is committed in the small town, they are all left to wonder if someone they know is responsible. 

Is it any good?

This edgy series mixes teen drama with a criminal whodunnit while simultaneously looking at the physical and psychological extremes competitive cheerleaders endure. It’s not clear who has committed the crime, or who's out to do harm to another, which creates a compelling mystery. Meanwhile, viewers are offered some melodramatic moments, as the personal problems of specific characters reveal themselves throughout the story. But sometimes the efforts to create suspense are drawn out too long, making it frustrating to watch at times. But Dare Me offers enough guilty pleasure to make it entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of the adults in the cheerleaders’ lives. Is it possible for them to be flawed, and still be good role models?

  • Dare Me portrays cheerleading culture as psychologically and physically stressful to those who participate in it. How accurate do you think this is?  

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