Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Tear Along the Dotted Line

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Cynical, funny Italian animated series muses philosophical.

TV Netflix Comedy 2021
Tear Along the Dotted Line Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Absolutely Amazing and Heartbreaking

This show is the best piece of television I’ve seen in a long time. It leaves so much to talk about with children and teenagers in regards to topics such as mental health. This series is absolutely heart breaking towards the end, so have some tissues ready. Existentialism is a major theme and viewers to fully appreciate the series need to have a grasp on the topic, which tends to come from life experience, so younger children needn’t watch.
age 13+

Common sense says this show is too heavy for this website

The fact this website gets hung up on the 300 joints line demonstrates a complete lack of intellectual comprehension. Talk about going over the line with PC “cancel culture” attitude…. This 6 show series tackles more on the meaning of life, the universe and everything than any other show streaming right now. If my kids were teens, I’d suggest they watch this on their own and then have a good talk about it afterwards…. If more people thought about things like this the world would be a better place. Too bad most will miss this opportunity because this website doesn’t have the righteousness it thinks it has to be honest.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Adults who crave a dose of gallows humor and late-night mental gymnastics will enjoy this show's darkly funny moments and snappy pace. Viewers of Tear Along the Dotted Line should know that the Italian language version of this series moves so quickly, the average reader may struggle to keep pace with the stream-of-consciousness banter flickering by in the subtitle line. This can feel stressful even to the viewer who's interested in the authentic, Italian version of the show. For a more leisurely experience, the dubbed English version works well. Some Italian references may be lost in translation, but viewers might gain in comprehension what could otherwise get lost in the speedy subtitles.

This show has intellectual, philosophical undertones. The protagonist, Calcare, can't resist commenting on scenarios that confront him every day. He's a socially-awkward cynic, who tends to spin his wheels a revolution too many. Political references, literary references, and cultural references might float over many teens' heads. This is not Rick Steves' Italy, which is, actually, part of the appeal.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: November 17, 2021
  • Network: Netflix
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Topics: Friendship
  • TV rating: TV-MA
  • Last updated: March 2, 2022

Did we miss something on diversity?

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.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate