Social Distance

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Poignant pandemic series has laughs, tears, mature content.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

People face different social distancing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The cycle of life, the importance of family, friendship, and community are prominent themes. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The cast is diverse and come from different walks of life. No one is perfect, and everyone has their own way of handling where they find themselves during the pandemic. But there is love and understanding throughout. 

Violence

There’s some yelling, arguing, and insulting. There’s some pushing between adults and children, but no one gets hurt. The fear of death is discussed, and references to the killing of Black men, and violent events relating to BLM protests are themes in some episodes. Older adults discuss how some in society see them as expendable during the pandemic. One episode features some violent video games. 

Sex

Strong sexual innuendo, including conversations about threesomes, having sex, and sexy dancing. People are shown undressing and visible in their underwear. 

Language

Lots of cursing ("s--t," "f--k") in some episodes. The N-word is used in a specific episode.  

Consumerism

Nest, Ring, FaceTime,and Zoom platforms are clearly visible. There are references to brands like Fresca, and social media sites like Instagram, Facebook, and Grindr are shown. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

People drink at different points of the day and for different reasons. Recovery alcoholics are featured in one episode, and there is some drunken behavior. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Social Distance is a fictional anthology series about people trying to maintain human connections using technology at the beginning of the COVID-19 quarantine. There's arguing, some physical acts like pushing, cursing (including the N-word), some sexuality, and drinking. There are also conversations about the death of George Floyd, BLM protests, and related activities. Video communication platforms like Nest, Ring, FaceTime, and Zoom are featured, as well as dating apps like Grindr, and social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byApple Logo White November 30, 2020

SO BAD

VERY BAD 1 STAR OR 0 STARS
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat October 27, 2020

Trash!

Seriously Melissa Camacho? Stop reviewing this trash! First ‘Love in the Time of Corona’ and now ‘Social Distance’. Are we distancing!

What's the story?

Co-created by Orange Is The New Black's Jenji Kohan, SOCIAL DISTANCE is a Netflix fictional anthology series that features people trying to stay connected while being forced to stay apart thanks to the COVID-19 quarantine. It's the beginning months of the pandemic, and people are keeping their distance, sheltering in place, and interacting through their phones, tablets, and computers. From a family holding a remote funeral service to honor their deceased patriarch, to a man who is recently single, unable to work, and trying to keep his demons in check while living alone, it showcases how people from all walks of life struggle to find ways to keep human interaction going during extremely isolating times. 

Is it any good?

This poignant series, produced remotely during the COVID-19 quarantine, uses drama and humor to capture the individual experiences of people who have no choice but to rely on technology to connect with one another. Actors like Oscar Nunez, Danielle Brooks, Mike Colter, Steven Weber, and Heather Burns are just some of the many performers who, along with some of their real family members, create the humorous and emotional interactions, most of which take place via platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, Nest, and even dating apps like Grindr. 

There are some fun, laugh-out-loud moments, as well as scenes that underscore the overwhelming feelings of desperation and loneliness when you aren’t free to spend time with the people you want to be with. Social Distance also addresses some of the strong emotions surrounding the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers and the controversial protests that followed. Viewers will be hard pressed not to find something they can relate to as they watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the different stories presented in Social Distance. Are there any that reflect some of your own experiences? How does watching these stories make you feel?

  • Media technology like cell phones, tablets, and computers play a major role in keeping people connected during the pandemic. How do we keep ourselves and our children spending too much time online when we need extended screen time during the pandemic to remain connected, work, and go to school?  Check out some some of the CSM resources available to help find the right balance. 

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