How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Lots of drugs in German teen drama about the dark web.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Characters consistently make unethical, immoral, and criminal choices, but the show's throughline is about their consequences and subsequent personal growth.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though it quickly establishes its main protagonist, the show is careful to portray complex characters and show multiple points of view.

Violence

Violence is often present, though rarely gratuitous. For example, Moritz gets beat up as the result of his own actions; a drug dealer uses a gun to track someone down.

Sex

Sexual content is mostly limited to teenagers making out. However, there is a glimpse of a penis on someone's phone, and some students make a 3D printing of a sex toy.

Language

Profanity is used: "f--k," "s--t," etc.

Consumerism

Consumerism is present and products are talked about, but the show frequently talks explicitly about its downside, especially online.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

So, it's a show about drug dealers. The main characters are teenagers who sell and/or use MDMA. The show does explain the risks of drug use, but it mostly portrays the drug use as a positive experience.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) is a German drama about teenagers who use and/or sell MDMA. Though the risks of drug use are discussed, MDMA use is generally portrayed in a positive light, and even as a rite of passage. As the main characters become drug dealers, they enter into an often violent world -- street fighting and gun violence are both shown. The characters consistently make bad choices, but the show is ultimately about them learning from their mistakes and moving forward.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTinbaker July 2, 2020

Amazing

Watched this with my 12 year old it’s got humour a lot of Drugs and a bit of sex but it is amazing
Teen, 17 years old Written byshitsandgiggles August 26, 2020

12-13

Lots of MDMA or other drugs. Bit of blood and language. I would let a 12 or any 13 year old watch
Teen, 13 years old Written byD1K July 28, 2020

Honest review

The series is quite great. A good plot and narrative (done by the protagonist Moritz
"m1000" Zimmermann.)

Downsides I have on this is that there is... Continue reading

What's the story?

Moritz eagerly awaits his girlfriend Lisa's return to Germany after a year of studying abroad. Unfortunately, she breaks up with him as soon as she gets to the airport. After stalking her online, Moritz discovers that Lisa has been seeing Dan, a popular student who also deals ecstasy. Moritz undertakes a series of desperate actions to try to get Lisa back, which culminates in him and his best friend Lenny starting an online drug trafficking business where they quickly learn HOW TO SELL DRUGS ONLINE (FAST).

Is it any good?

On the surface, Moritz' story has all the beats of a typical crime show (there are stark similarities to Breaking Bad, for example), albeit one taking place in high school. But How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) slyly uses the story as a way into other, more complex topics, like how online companies exploit and profit from users' personal information. Even though Moritz is ostensibly motivated by a break-up (a la Zuckerberg in The Social Network), the show is careful not to make stereotypes out of his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. Similar thoughtfulness makes its way into most aspects of the show, lifting it from pure entertainment into something more complex and insightful.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about choices. Why does Moritz choose to start selling drugs? Why do you think other people make this choice?

  • How is drug use depicted in this show? Why might it be portrayed that way? Do you think the show is pro- or anti-drugs?

  • What does How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) have to say about online culture? Did you learn anything about using the internet or buying things on the internet? Did you learn anything about economics or business?

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