Parents' Guide to

Kiss Me First

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Dark, intriguing VR sci-fi drama can be mature.

TV Netflix Drama 2018
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Graphic sex and adult themes

This is a very well written show, grapples with some interesting themes about technology and our own demons. Features nudity (male and female), drug and anal references and drug taking, and naked sex scenes. Definitely 18+, highly recommend to adults. Great series.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 6+

drama is good, violence-depends

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

Trippy and mysterious in a way that recalls shows like Orphan Black and Black Mirror, this intriguing series maroons viewers in a virtual world that bleeds into the real one. Leila's life is miserable in Kiss Me First: She's alone in the world after her beloved mom dies, and subsists by busing tables three lunchtimes a week at a greasy spoon. Friends? None. Skills? Not many, unless you count a whole lot of experience living a virtual life in Azana, the VR game where Leila can fly, or fight, or talk to people in a way she can't in the real world.

Azana is also the place that Leila accidentally steps into a new realm, one where the players wear illegal sense bands that transmit "pleasure or pain," says Tess teasingly when she seeks out Leila in real life and spirits her away to a London club. "Here what's inside you, what you're hiding, it will come out," warns a fellow player, while the leader of the "red pill" realm, Adrian, speculates about Leila: "I think she did something. Maybe she'll tell us what it was." Our bet is that she will. But also that this clever, spellbinding show will spin out its revelations deliberately and tantalizingly, all the better to ensnare those who appreciate a slow burn.

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