Parents' Guide to

I Know What You Did Last Summer

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Violence, drinking, drugs, nudity in so-so horror remake.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 17+

Okay, watchable

Really bad role models, lots of different types, of drugs, showing the different ways to use. There is also sex shown as being nothing, sexual manipulation and peer pressure.
age 18+

Could have been okay

We wanted to like this - watched it as a family and cringed through totally over the top sex scenes. I'm pretty open- minded, but the show glorifies teens making - and selling - porn, selling and using drugs of all kinds, student/teacher sexual relationship, etc. Couldn't care less about gore, swearing, or smoking, honestly, but the sex scenes didn't add to the show and ensured I wouldn't be recommending it. (The adults having sex were totally cringe-worthy.)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (3 ):

The old-school YA novel it's based on was pretty great, but this adaptation fails to stick the landing thanks to narration-heavy dialogue, shoehorned-in seaminess, and a bewildering twist. First, the source material: Lois Duncan's 1973 book I Know What You Did Last Summer was YA suspense before there was even a category for books like these. In it a group of average kids make a terrible, morally indefensible yet understandable choice that haunts them in the form of a murderous stalker. Like the 1997 movie of the same name, this adaptation changes the victim of that morally indefensible choice, and adds in a measure of soap-opera-ish plot complication connected with hidden identities and long-held secrets.

It all comes across as a fairly standard would-be ripoff of the dark teen dramas that have caught and held the zeitgeist in recent years -- Riverdale, Euphoria, Pretty Little Liars. The creators of this series seem determined to shove in as much R-rated content as possible, as is encapsulated by one scene in the show's pilot containing this couplet of dialogue between two teens sharing liquor and drugs in the backseat of a car: "Who wants shots?" "I'll take an eight-ball!" By the time we get to the first big twist, many viewers will already be tuning out this seen-it-but-done-better confusing mess of a show.

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