A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
You can overcome past traumas. You are not responsible for what others do to you. Your story can help others.
Positive Role Models
After her own traumatic experience, Cheryl looks to highlight the dangers of manipulative adults and empower women to tell their stories.
Violence & Scariness
Cheryl shares instances of emotional abuse she endured at the hands of her teacher.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are conversations about sexual relationships between teens and adults like teachers and coaches. One woman explains her experience as a teenager having a conversation with a teacher about anal sex. There is an analysis of the hypersexualization of teenage girls and the cultural norms between the 1990's (from girls' empowerment stars like Fiona Apple and Alanis Morrisette) to the 2000's (where pop princesses began bearing more skin). The docuseries also compares the culture of grooming between teachers and students to high profile cases like Jeffrey Epstein and Larry Nassar.
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There is some cursing (like "f--k") that is bleeped out.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Keep This Between Us is a docuseries that details a woman's journey to understand her childhood trauma. In this instance, it was being groomed by her teacher for a romantic relationship. She returns to her hometown to interview classmates and school staff who were witness to her relationship with her teacher. In doing so, producer and star Cheryl Nichols attempts to shine a light on this widespread problem that often gets dusted under the rug. Though there are no scenes of sexual activity, there are discussions about sexual relationships between children and adults, in addition to references to high profile cases of child molestation and cultural norms that have sexualized children and teenagers.
Is It Any Good?
Disturbing details of predatory behavior by teachers won't give you those warm back-to-school feelings. Keep This Between Us is heavy -- after all, many people have positive feelings about their teachers and school experiences. The fact that there are so many instances of teacher-student relationships and sexual assault in schools without reprimand is a tough pill to swallow, but a necessary truth to be revealed. Though slow-moving, this docuseries is an important watch for all, but especially for teens and parents of teens, as Cheryl Nichols candidly retells her story, with red flags and miscommunication as takeaways to prevent this from happening to others. Cheryl's directorial choice to return to her hometown and have the tough sit-down conversations with those who witnessed it all will have viewers watching through the end.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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.