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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Brilliant teen series is destined for immortality.

TV Apple TV+ Drama 2019
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 16+

Not what I expected

It started so well but a few minutes into the show, my 13 year old, my husband, and I watched a young girl climaxing during oral sex. Aaaaawkward!!!! I liked that they were making it modern - more accessible - but after Dickinson full on tongue kissed her soon to be sister-in-law, and then her Dad humiliated and denigrated her in front of her family I knew this was more about shock value than the clever and nuanced story it could have been. Shame. 10 seconds later we switched the channel.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
5 people found this helpful.
age 17+

Oral sex alert

I can’t believe this received such a young age rating. 11 minutes into the first episode and it is pretty clear that a boy is giving a girl oral sex in a barn. Even though no skin is shown, there is no way to mistake what is happening. I feel this content is inappropriate and it showed that’s not rated R. I can’t believe no one has commented on this yet. Even my daughter also said the acting was bad and it felt like they were acting. Don’t waste your time.

This title has:

Too much sex
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Destined to take its place amongst such teen TV classics as My So-Called Life and Freaks and Geeks, this series is fresh, original, gorgeously loopy -- and absolutely enchanting. Hailee Stanfield makes a mesmerizing Emily Dickinson, all hemmed-in outsize longings in an era when women weren't supposed to feel such things, particularly for same-sex best friends engaged to one's brother. But Sue and Emily have an undeniable spark, and watching them inhabit one of the most joyful queer relationships ever depicted on the small screen is one of Dickinson's distinct delights. When Sue and Emily don a dead acquaintance's male clothing to sneak into a no-women-allowed Amherst lecture, the two are so electrically happy to experience a few moments of freedom together that they dance around the room, elated. "Why would men want to bar women from learning?" wonders Sue. "Maybe they're afraid if we figure out how the world works, we'll take over," returns Emily.

Later, what they learn about volcanoes in said lecture comes back to bear, as Sue tells Emily that she can relate to that kind of earth-shattering explosion -- and shows her, in a transcendently sexy scene that depicts Emily having her first orgasm. Didn't expect that in a drama about Emily Dickinson, did you? The teens of Dickinson talk to each other in modern speech ("What up, Emily?"), they throw a riotous house party with opiates, makeout sessions, and twerking, and they're rebellious and bursting with energy in a way that feels genuine. We all know how Emily's story is going to turn out -- she died a recluse with a trunk full of poetry no one even knew she was writing -- but it sure is a delight to meet her as a teen with her whole life ahead of her.

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