By Joyce Slaton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Edgy British teen mystery series deals with murder.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Backstabbing, betrayal are the norm in this world, where image and social status are everything. Characters are frequently cruel and manipulative, and issues are often addressed in ways that seem nonconstructive. But the show (and its characters) are on the side of kindness and thoughtfulness and opposing bullying.
Positive Role Models
Characters are mostly types: the popular girl, the nerdy smart girl, the troublemaker, the perfect student. We do get to know some things about their backgrounds, but they don't seem like realistic humans. The cast does boast extensive diversity in terms of race, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity, if not age or body type.
Violence & Scariness
A mystery revolves around the death (considered a murder) of a teen character; we see his dead body on the floor but it's not gory or gross. A character causes vicious gossip when he steals provocative pictures from a teen's phone and sends them to classmates.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect flirting, dating, kissing, same- and opposite-sex, as well as romantic complications, references to sex. A subplot involves a teen's stolen photos of her in her underwear; see "Violence" section for more information.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink frequently, often to drunkenness at parties, and make serious mistakes when drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Even is a teen mystery set at an elite English private school, where a mismatched group of high school girls who've banded together to bring school bullies and wrongdoers to justice are shocked when they discover a murder. That murder is not shown on-screen, though we do see the body of a dead teen. A subplot involves photos of a teen in her underwear that are stolen and shared with her classmates. Romantic complications also play a part in this drama; expect flirting, dating, and kissing, same- and opposite-sex, as well as references to sex. Teens drink to the point of drunkenness at parties and make poor choices when drinking. Characters are fairly stereotypical, but we do learn things about their background that put their worst behaviors into perspective. Characters are also diverse in terms of race, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity, if not age or body type. A group of teen girls work together to combat cruelty and oppose bullying.
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What's the Story?
When people act despicably at elite private school Bannerman, a quartet of classmates vows not to get mad, but instead to GET EVEN. The DGM (Don't Get Mad) crew doesn't have much in common, except a desire to expose wrongdoers: Kitty (Kim Adis) is an all-around super student who's beloved by students and administrators alike, Bree (Mia McKenna-Bruce) is a punkish outsider from a wealthy background, Margot (Bethany Antonia) is a math and tech whiz whom other students consider a bit of a geek, and Olivia (Jessica Alexander) seems perfect and popular on the surface but has more problems than her it-girl status would suggest. All DGM wants to do is bring bullies to justice. But when someone at Bannerman winds up murdered, it's up to them to figure out who's responsible, all the while staying under the radar of the law enforcement officers investigating the case.
Is It Any Good?
Teen mystery shows are a dime a dozen, but this British-made series nails the mystery part: You may not be able to resist zipping through the whole series to find out who done it and why. With episodes that are each under 30 minutes and a simple and clear (yet interestingly twisty) plot arc, Get Even just speeds by. Where it falls down is in the characterizations. Kitty, Bree, Margot, and Olivia seem more like types than real people, and they don't deepen greatly as the series goes on. Get Even is also full of the kind of unrealistic contrivances that figure so often in teen dramas but not in real life: parent-free parties in elegant mansions, for instance, and confrontations that take place in front of the whole student body in the cafeteria.
Still, buzzy dramas like Gossip Girl, Riverdale, and Pretty Little Liars also leaned hard on said contrivances and paper-thin characters and succeeded due to their compelling mysteries, and Get Even easily reaches their levels plotwise. Characters have dark secrets, past misdeeds are uncovered, and twists are doled out at just the right pace to keep you watching. It may not be great art, but it's good television, particularly for viewers who have a yen for teens caught in involving mysteries.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about bullying. What instances of bullying exist in Get Even? What different forms can bullying take? Is any one form more or less harmful than another? What role does technology play in bullying in real life, and on the show?
Teens: Do you think this series paints an accurate portrait of teen life? Are the characters' troubles relatable to you? Why or why not? What kinds of stereotypes does this show reinforce or challenge? How does what you see of teen life on TV or in movies influence your own life? Parents: Talk to teens about the role models and messages in shows like this.
Parents: Ask your kids how the issues and conflicts on the show are similar to and different from those in real teens' lives. Who are the "good" characters, and what makes them different from the "bad" ones?
- Premiere date: July 31, 2020
- Cast: Kim Adis, Bethany Antonia, Jessica Alexander
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Drama
- TV rating: TV-PG
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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