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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Stay loyal to your friends. Friendship is valuable. Differences make us who we are.
Positive Role Models
Each girl has great qualities that make her a valuable member of the group: bravery, courage, smarts, quick wits.
Main characters are from diverse backgrounds. Erin is of Chinese descent (her background is discussed and represented throughout the series), KJ is Jewish, Tiffany is Black. Mac comes from a lower-income background; some of the other girls are more well-off.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of suspense. A girl hits and kills someone with a hockey stick. A character is in peril and at risk of sexual assault by some teenage boys. A teen uses a gun and shoots a main character. Sci-fi violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen characters find romance and explore sexuality.
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Frequent use of "s--t," "f--k," "a--hole," "bitch," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Based on a popular comic book series.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character swigs wine from a bottle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Paper Girls is a suspenseful sci-fi series based on the same-named comic book about the time-traveling adventures of four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls in the late 1980s. It has lots of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitches," as well as racist slurs like "Jap." There's also violence: Characters are frequently in peril, a teen wields a gun and shoots another character, someone uses a hockey stick to kill an enemy, and there's lots of futuristic sci-fi weapon use. That said, it's also a story of loyalty and friendship, with positive messages about valuing differences.
Is It Any Good?
While this comic-based series will no doubt garner comparisons to Stranger Things, it's got its very own retro adventure vibe that sets it apart from anything else on television. Each of the four protagonists is well drawn (not surprising, as they originated as comic book characters), and it's fun to watch their smaller internal battles as well as the overarching fight to save the world. The young actors come together beautifully to create a lively crew that faces formidable challenges. The time-travel premise is both fun and ominous; for families looking to binge a new adventure, Paper Girls delivers the goods.
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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.