Parents' Guide to

Spinning Out

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Self-harm, toxic competition in compelling skating series.

TV Netflix Drama 2020
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When this involving drama focuses on a troubled family and the heavy price of Olympic-level ambitions it triple-axel soars, but it can also spend too much time bogged down in soapy cliches. Talented figure skater Kat has a mental illness, trauma from a sustained-on-the-ice head injury, a little sister whose talent seems to be eclipsing her own, and a disturbed bipolar mom who bitterly regrets not realizing her own skating ambitions. That's plenty -- Spinning Out didn't have to throw in love triangles and competition from a new skater in town to amp up the drama too.

Flaws aside, this engrossing series is at its best when it's most intimate, particularly when we follow the Bakers home. January Jones, so great at playing buttoned-down and frustrated in Mad Men, has another meaty role in Carol, whose decision to have Kat as a teen derailed her own Olympic ascent and put her on a skate-mom path. Seething in the toxic group of mothers who accompany their talented daughters to the rink every day, she's notably nasty to those she considers a rival, and supportive and abusive in turns with her daughters. And as viewers might expect, said daughters have been affected deeply by both the volatile parenting and the poisonous pressures of a sport that demands inhuman ability and effort to present a picture of ethereal perfection. The plot may not stick every landing, but with characters this sensitively drawn and compelling, viewers will want to put in the rink time to get to know them.

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