A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Family dysfunction, parental pressures, etc. lead to negative consequences.
Positive Role Models
Adults don't always make the best decisions for the children in their society. As a result, children don't make the best decisions for themselves.
Violence & Scariness
Episodes deal with a range of violent events, such as a teen getting hit by a car, suicide by jumping off a balcony, etc. but no blood. Corporal punishment and emotional abuse is visible.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen romance is sometimes highlighted. One episode shows a Fifty Shades of Grey novel.
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Products & Purchases
Local brands can be seen; Samsung phones visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol consumption sometimes shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know That On Children is a Black Mirror-esque Taiwanese series about tweens and teens coping with a range of social pressures and family dysfunctions. Some of the episodes are very dark, and include scenes of corporal punishment being administered, violent accidents, reveals of self-inflicted scars, and suicides. There are some teen romances, and one episode quickly shows a 50 Shades of Grey novel. Taiwanese brands are shown, and Samsung mobile phones are visible. Sometimes adults are shown drinking alcohol.
Is It Any Good?
This creative and purposely thought-provoking series takes on a Black Mirror-esque quality as it tells stories that range from quirky to frustrating and sad. While the cultural foundations of these narratives are embedded in Taiwanese culture, many of the themes they address are universal, making the overall anthology relevant to this side of the world.
On Children has a lot to offer, but some of the tales are decidedly better than others, and the storytelling style in each the approximately two-hour episodes sometimes feels too drawn out. Some viewers may not like the way adults, particularly parents, are portrayed here, despite the larger social context. Nonetheless, it's an entertaining series for those who are willing to commit to it.
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