Parents' Guide to

Kim's Convenience

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Smart, fun, diverse Canadian show addresses social issues.

TV Netflix Comedy 2016
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 15+

WAY Too Much Sexual Content For a Child!

While I totally agree that this show is extremely entertaining, I made the mistake of not checking the rating b/c it was listed as a show you might like if you enjoy Fresh Off the Boat, which we do. Fresh Off the Boat has as too much sexual innuendo that I want my 14-year-old son watching. Too many episodes of Kim's Convenience have sex as one of its main storylines, from the 20-year-old unmarried daughter who accidentally leaves her strip of condoms behind to the parents having sex in aforementioned daughter's friend's bed (you watch this, too; it is not just mentioned). And even when it's not a main part of the storyline, it is mentioned constantly as a part of dialogue. If you're trying to limit the amount of sexual content your child watches, please don't turn this on. We're well aware of how important sex is to storylines anymore and how "everyone" is "doing it," but if you want to limit your child's exposure to these kinds of things before they're ready for them, I highly recommend waiting until they're older. The more they're exposed to it, the easier it is for them to think they're ready for it, even at younger ages.
age 18+

Misleading reviews

I often check here to make sure there’s no nudity in a show. Didn’t come across anything so assumed it was fine. Season one/Episode two — nude backsides. I get it, it doesn’t bother everyone. But I’d like to know the content before I am surprised by something like that. Heads up.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (20 ):

This sharp, well-written series uses humor as a way of commenting on contemporary social issues, ranging from racial profiling and misconceptions about the LGBTQ community to coping with the assimilation of their children. Mr. Kim, as the family patriarch, plays a central part in this, bluntly offering often misguided perspectives. But his approach isn't cruel, and despite his gruff, outspoken ways, he's often a man who is simply unfamiliar with, but sincerely not opposed to, what's happening around him.

While some may find the show somewhat stereotypical (especially when it comes to Appa and Umma's accents), the main characters are not caricatures. Instead, they are well-developed personages that both reflect and challenge multiple facets of the contemporary Korean Canadian experience. The punchlines aren't excessive, either. It's maybe because of this that Kim's Convenience lacks the edginess prevalent in popular U.S. comedies, especially those that address similar themes. Nonetheless, it's both entertaining and thoughtful.

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