A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series shows that recovery is in no way linear -- that setbacks are to be expected and do not mean that healing isn't happening. The importance of communication between friends and family is highlighted.
Positive Role Models
Just like real teenagers, these characters sometimes treat each other terribly -- but they also clearly care about each other, try and make up for their missteps, and show maturity and growth. There are successful women in positions of power and authority, including disabled characters and people of color.
This cast is very racially/ethnically diverse and also features matter-of-fact (ie; not condescending or tokenized) portrayals of disabled people. Characters run the gamut in terms of sexuality and gender representation, which isn't commented upon by parents or others, merely accepted as a part of everyday life.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
This is a sexually active and very queer-friendly bunch, but what's portrayed onscreen is mainly innuendo and references to sex acts such as masturbation. There are some clothed makeout scenes, including multiple same-sex couples. There's some very brief non-sexual nudity in one episode, which takes place in the women's locker room at a health spa where people are changing their clothes. An episode features a storyline where two teenagers exchange sexy selfies, nothing graphic is shown.
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Expletives used include "f--k," "s--t," "hell," and the like.
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Products & Purchases
Incidental, brief mentions of name brands like Coke when in a bar setting.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many depictions of partying teens drinking, smoking, and experimenting with psychedelics (mushrooms). They do show the very unglamorous ramifications of overdoing it when Mia vomits in front of classmates after boozing heavily and later needs to have her stomach pumped at the hospital. She also finds the experience of doing mushrooms really unpleasant.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Everything Now is a series from the UK that focuses on a teenage girl in recovery from anorexia. It graphically illustrates the main character's struggle with body image and self-esteem. There's frequent coarse language, including "f--k," "s--t," and "hell," as well as depictions and discussions around sexuality, drug use, smoking, and drinking among minors. Some brief non-sexual nudity during a scene in a women's locker room at a health spa.
Is It Any Good?
A welcome change from typical movie-of-the-week-style exploitative anorexia stories, this series may center on Mia's recovery, but not at the expense of character development and realism. Everything Now shows the reality: that these issues affect people from all walks of life. Eating disorders are a sensitive topic that requires a thoughtful, deliberate hand to portray correctly, and far too often they border on glamorizing the plight of waif-like (but still pretty!), well-to-do, heterosexual white women.
Make no mistake, Mia's family (and most of her friends) are privileged -- but the show smartly touches on the strain that funding a half-year stay in a hospital can have on a family beyond just financial matters. The series is wise too in not centering itself strictly on Mia, but also illustrating the way that the hyper-focus required for recovery can sometimes read as selfishness to the people she loves. Teenagers are bound to mess up under the best of circumstances, and attempting to rebuild one's mental health and identity while surrounded by people whose concern sometimes feels like suffocation can't be easy. This well-acted, clever series does a lovely job exploring the warts-and-all nuances of that journey and showing that imperfect growth is still growth.
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