A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Touches on some of the discrimination Asian immigrants have faced.
Becca's dad tells her, "True strength comes from community, family, and friendship."
One of the girls featured is White, the other is Asian. It's implied that one of them is bisexual. Supporting cast includes people of various backgrounds and ethnicities.
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Violence & Scariness
One of the girls has multiple panic attacks. A man threatens to cut the girls' fingers off. The girls argue, shove, and say hateful things to each other. Death threats are left on the girls' doors. Guns are shown. People are kidnapped, beaten, even shot. Despite all this, the tone of the show is more entertaining than ominous.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens are shown kissing heavily after drinking. Others are later shown naked in bed but covered by a sheet. There's a couple with an open marriage. A boy models apologizing for not asking for consent to kiss a girl.
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Regular use of "bitch," "s--t," "f--k," and similar.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Repeated glorification of underage drinking. The series starts with a teen girl passed out on a couch at a club from having drank "way too much vodka." A teen is shown throwing up from drinking too much and smoking both cigarettes and marijuana. A primary character is a drug dealer shown buying, selling, and using party drugs. Another character's brother is struggling with a drinking problem.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fakes revolves around a pair of teen girls running a large-scale fake-ID operation while still in high school. The show repeatedly glorifies underage drinking and drug use. One of the main characters is shown smoking tobacco cigarettes as well as marijuana. A primary character is a drug dealer who's shown buying, selling, and using party drugs. Another character's brother is struggling with a drinking problem. Teens are shown heavily kissing after drinking at a party. Another teen couple is pictured lying naked in bed together under a sheet. There's also a couple in an open marriage. As for violence, death threats are left on the girls' doors, and a man threatens to cut off their fingers. The girls argue, shove, and say hateful things to each other. Guns are shown, and people are kidnapped, beaten, and even shot. Despite all of this, the tone of the show is more entertaining than ominous.
Is It Any Good?
Shot with a lighthearted yet frenetic energy, this quasi-true tale of high school girls creating one of North America's largest ever fake-ID operations goes by in a flash. The upbeat music, punchy graphics, zany characters, and breaking of the fourth wall will all successfully draw viewers into Fakes and Becca (Jennifer Tong) and Zoe's (Emilija Baranac) stories. As the show progresses, though, it's the subtle examinations of the meaning of friendship, family, and obligation through a teenage lens that will keep viewers coming back. In much the same vein as The Affair, the dueling narrators allow viewers to see the same story multiple times, from multiple perspectives. It's a format that aptly explores how often people process the same experience in vastly different ways. That lesson is especially salient to teens and young adults still figuring out how to navigate relationships and, by the season's conclusion, it's one Becca and Zoe have learned well.
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