A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Cheering is a ruthless sport, and causes physical and psychological injuries. Family and relationship dysfunction, loyalty, and other themes are explored.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are strong sexual moments, including simulated sex acts. Sexting is visible. Infidelity is addressed.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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