Swimming with Sharks
By Martin Brown,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
OK erotic thriller has nudity, simulated sex.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show puts viewers in the position of rooting for someone with dubious morals.
Positive Role Models
Some characters show tenacity and ingenuity.
Swimming with Sharks features a few persons of color in supporting roles and some LGBTQ+ representations among its characters and plotlines.
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Violence & Scariness
Suspense comes from its focus on power dynamics rather than depictions of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An erotic thriller with female nudity and depictions of sex occurring throughout the series.
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Profanity is used throughout: the "f" word, "d--k," "s--t," "bitch," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are regularly seen drinking alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Swimming with Sharks is an erotic thriller series starring Sabrina the Teenage Witch's Kiernan Shipka. It focuses on power dynamics and sexual dynamics at a fictional major film studio. Nudity and simulated sex are depicted throughout the series, as the main character uses sex to manipulate others for mysterious purposes.
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What's the Story?
Swimming with Sharks is the story of Lou Simms (Kiernan Shipka), who seems like any other new-in-town intern when she begins to work for powerful Hollywood mogul Joyce Holt (Diane Kruger). But Lou's got her eye on Joyce for mysterious reasons and is out to prove that she's more ambitious than even the most dedicated schemers in town.
Is It Any Good?
This castoff from the infamous Quibi disaster of 2020 may not be a great show, but at least it's a short one. Swimming with Sharks is the very definition of a guilty pleasure, which is itself a phrase that practically exists just to describe the erotic thriller genre. Sharks' power play melodrama works because of how efficiently the series barrels through the plot development and twists.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the movie business. How realistic does Swimming with Sharks' depiction of Hollywood feel? Which parts seem exaggerated and which seem accurate?
What clues are there about Lou's past? What do you suspect are her goals or motives?
Do any of the characters in Swimming with Sharks behave morally or ethically? What are some examples?
- Premiere date: April 15, 2022
- Cast: Diane Kruger, Kiernan Shipka
- Network: Roku Channel
- Genre: Drama
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: April 21, 2022
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