Don't Look Deeper

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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High school-set sci-fi thriller features sex, violence.

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Stands out for positive role models.

Positive Messages

A coming-of-age story at heart, Don't Look Deeper takes a deep, introspective route toward personal growth.

Positive Role Models

Features an ethnically diverse cast in non-stereotypical roles. 


Lead character Aisha is frequently shown cutting open herself or others. Robots that look like humans are pushed around and harmed.


Sex is discussed, oral sex is shown, and characters undress in anticipation of sex. No nudity is shown.


Profanity is used throughout and includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

High school students use alcohol, and drunkenness is shown from a first-person point-of-view. No smoking or drug use is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Don't Look Deeper is a dark science fiction thriller about a high school student who discovers she is a robot. Central character Aisha (Helena Howard) is frequently shown cutting herself and others, and performing various other body mutilations in order to expose inner machinery. Violence is otherwise limited to physical confrontation, usually with robot characters. High school students are shown drinking alcohol, and drunkenness is portrayed from a first-person point-of-view. Profanity is used throughout and includes "f--k," "s--t," "damn," etc. Sexual content includes one teenager performing oral sex and another undressing in anticipation of sex. No nudity is shown.  

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What's the story?

In DON'T LOOK DEEPER, California high school senior Aisha (Helena Howard) discovers a shocking secret about her life -- she's a robot. This disturbing revelation causes her to distrust everyone around her, including her father (Don Cheadle) and therapist (Emily Mortimer).

Is it any good?

What does it mean to be human? Can technology replicate humanity? These are some of the longest-tenured themes in science fiction. What Don't Look Deeper lacks in a fresh take on those questions, it makes up for with an incredible cast and an exciting, kinetic visual aesthetic. Unfortunately the format of seven- to 10-minute episodes gets in the way of things like actual character development and other storytelling tools that could help flesh out an otherwise run-of-the-mill story. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the central mystery of Don't Look Deeper. What do we know about Aisha that she doesn't know about herself? How does she discover the truth about herself? What is her reaction? What do you think is the mystery at the heart of Aisha's life?

  • What role does technology play in Don't Look Deeper? What are the rules of this world? What is unique about it? How does technology affect Aisha's life? How do her views change over the course of the show?

  • Does Don't Look Deeper ask any moral or ethical questions about technology? What are they? How do these questions impact Aisha's life? Which characters have made good moral and ethical decisions? 

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