A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't intended to be educational, but serves as an example of "what not to do" when it comes to certain choices in high school, namely drug use. As the story is set in the 1990s, viewers are also transported into a different time when social media didn't rule teens' interactions.
It's important to go on your own path of self-discovery. Be true to yourself, and own your choices. Life is complicated, and it's OK to struggle sometimes. You can overcome obstacles.
Positive Role Models
Teen characters in the show are seen disregarding their parents' rules, as well as engaging in sexual activity and drug use. Tegan and Sara find a way to overcome negative influences and bond over their shared love of music.
The show generally lacks racial or socioeconomic diversity in its characters. The storyline follows middle-class White teens in a suburban Canadian town. Sara is a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and the show follows her exploration of a romantic relationship.
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Violence & Scariness
In the pilot episode, Tegan roughly pulls her sister Sara's hair and punches her in the face, giving her a black eye.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In the pilot episode, teens are shown kissing passionately on a bed.
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Some curse words, such as "bitch" and "s--t," are used in the show.
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Products & Purchases
As the show's main characters are based on autobiographical accounts from a famous indie pop duo, viewers may wish to purchase their book, music, or other associated products after viewing.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and drug use by teens is seen in the show.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that High School, a drama based on twin musicians Sara and Tegan Quin's highly praised autobiography of the same name, is intended for late teen and young adult viewers. Fans may know Sara and Tegan for their indie pop hits today, but the identical twins share their 1990s coming-of-age story in this entertaining series. The show portrays teen parties, drug use, underage drinking, and romance. Themes include the importance of self-identity and the complexities of navigating high school.
Is It Any Good?
This show is an instant winner for all fans of Sara and Tegan Quin. High School tells the origin story of two women who would go on to become famous acclaimed indie pop singers and LGBTQ+ role models. Their raw and honest struggles are on full display and serve as lessons for a teen and young adult audience. While twins are often seen as being a cohesive unit, High School challenges that thought -- viewers see the often opposing accounts of life events, from each sister's point of view. Those who enjoy watching the show, even those who have no prior knowledge of the Quin sisters, will likely want to read their autobiography or stream their music.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.