A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Criminal behavior is simply a means to an end, and not a moral issue. Coping with adult-imposed pressures, teen angst, family dysfunction, and bullying are also themes.
Positive Role Models
Ji-soo is a serious criminal because he wants to make money and have a better life. Gyu Ri and Soon Min Hee face their own personal problems, but are also motivated by greed. Parents, guidance counselors, and mentors are often pushy, toxic, or bullies.
Violence & Scariness
Violent images of people being slapped, stomped on, beaten, strangled, shot through the head, etc. Blood and bloody wounds visible. Character attempts suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Criminal events revolve around the illegal sex trade. Mature sexual content, including images of people wearing ball gags. People are shown stripping, being stripped, and in their underwear.
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Words like "piss," "hell," "ass," "bastard," "bitch"; curses like "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Duracell and Energizer batteries, LEGO toys, Adidas, and other logos visible. Apple products are prominently displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking and vaping are commonplace among teens and adults. Beer drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Extracurricular is a dark, edgy Korean crime series that centers on high school students engaged in criminal behavior, from theft and blackmail to sex work and violence. Bullying behavior, dysfunctional parents, and teen angst are explored. Expect violent scenes of people being beaten, stomped on, and shot (bloody wounds are visible), strong sexual innuendo, and lots of cursing, including "s--t" and "f--k." There's extensive cigarette smoking and vaping by teen characters. Teens who like this sort of thing will likely be drawn to it, but it's most appropriate for an older crowd.
Is It Any Good?
This character-driven drama (which is dubbed into English on Netflix) creates a compelling world by combining stories about teenage school life and serious criminal activity. While Ji-soo awkwardly deals with the school's annoying guidance counselor (played by Park Hyun-kwon), bullies, and a toxic parent, both Gyu-ri and Min-hee cope with their own insecurities and growing pains as they enter into adulthood. However, neither the law or moral values are factors in their collective sphere as they navigate the criminal world with an almost-sociopathic ease.
Extracurricular's characters are unapologetic, and not particularly likable. But the relationships between them grow more interesting and complex, which makes them worth investing in. Meanwhile, as Ji-soo's criminal enterprise expands, the stakes get higher, and create lots of entertaining suspense. The result is a binge-worthy series that is as thrilling as it is disturbing for those old enough to handle it.
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