A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters consistently make unethical, immoral, and criminal choices, but the show's throughline is about their consequences and subsequent personal growth.
Positive Role Models
Though it quickly establishes its main protagonist, the show is careful to portray complex characters and show multiple points of view.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Profanity is used: "f--k," "s--t," etc.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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