A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
A mixed bag. On one hand, the show's protagonist is a scheming teen who's out to take advantage of a family for undisclosed past wrongs and to reunite her family. So she lies, cheats, steals, all while endearing herself to the very people she targets. But Nick herself is manipulated by her foster parents and her father, who misleads her about his own motivations, and she quickly develops a conscience about her plans to bilk the Thompsons out of money. Even so, Nick's arrival at the Thompson house inadvertently helps the family members relate better to each other, allows her to experience the joys of being part of a supportive and loving household.
Positive Role Models
Despite their naivety, which enables Nick's con to go on, Ed and Liz are good and honest parents who want what's best for their kids; they quickly come to think of Nick as one of them. Molly is similarly kindhearted, accepts Nick without reservation, but Jeremy finds her story suspect and works behind her back to get to the bottom of it. Nick is a con artist, willing to lie and cheat to get what she wants, but time proves there's a lot more (and a lot more heart) to her than first appears. Other adults in her life take advantage of her, use her for their own financial gain.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes imply that violence has happened, but the act itself isn't shown. In one, the camera cuts away just as Nick punches Jeremy in the face. In another, Tony sports a cast on his arm and multiple cuts and bruises on his face, and it's suggested that he was beat up because he hadn't repaid people to whom he owed money.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Expect teen romance; characters date and there is kissing between same sex and opposite sex characters.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Wine is served in Liz's restaurant and at home with meals. Rarely a grown-up mentions needing a drink during a moment of stress.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that No Good Nick is a Netflix series about a teen who cons a family into taking her in by posing as a hard-luck relative, all while plotting to swindle them out of lots of money. The enigmatic show casts Nick (Siena Agudong) as a genuinely likable, sympathetic figure who's been victimized by the adults in her life, even as she schemes against the kind people who welcome her into their home. This makes the series a somewhat complicated watch, despite the moments of levity related to family dynamics and the otherwise sitcom-y feel. While violence isn't shown on-screen, it's implied at times, most notably in a scene where a man's face is bloodied and his arm is in a cast after what's implied was a beatdown for financial default. This show's decidedly dark themes, occasional salty language, teen romance, and adult drinking make it a more appropriate watch for tweens and up than for younger viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Packaged as a sitcom but involving some darker themes, this series takes time to gain traction and build intrigue. The characters' chemistry doesn't impress right off the bat, and despite her efforts to ensure otherwise, the many holes in Nick's story practically beg discovery from the all-too-naïve Thompsons. As her foster parents multitask to help cover her lies and cons and as another shadowy figure pulls strings from the background, a lot is left unresolved. Eventually viewers' persistence is rewarded with a plot that becomes more enticing as it plays out.
No Good Nick benefits from a veteran crew of actors and actresses, both among the adults and the teens. This is bound to help boost audience counts initially and really helps sell an unusual plot that otherwise might struggle to get off the ground. With so many familiar faces, No Good Nick makes for a fun, outside-the-box watch for families with tweens and teens, and its surprisingly frequent heartwarming moments emphasize the emotional rewards to come of close relationships in traditional and nontraditional families.
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