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Society X with Laura Ling

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Edgy docuseries looks at disturbing underground trends.

TV E! Reality TV 2013
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From looking at college drug use to understanding the global proliferation of synthetic or designer drugs, Society X with Laura Ling offers a look into social trends that some argue fall outside of conventional and socially accepted popular culture. It also reveals how these fads are moving beyond the underground and affecting mainstream society. The price some people pay for participating in these activities, such as getting sick or arrested, also are highlighted.

There's an attempt to be objective, but the dangers associated with some of the activities discussed here are clearly underscored thanks to some of the dramatic (and carefully selected) footage edited into the show. Meanwhile, each episode is too short to go into any real details about why these subcultures do what they do. But it will certainly open people's eyes about unique or disturbing fads that people of all ages get caught up in and what they might experience as a result.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 6, 2013
  • Cast: Laura Ling
  • Network: E!
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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