A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Positive messages about overcoming fears and trusting others.
Positive Role Models
Characters display compassion, bravery, and perseverance.
The central figures tend to be White, though the show does seem to place some importance on casting for diversity.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence may come up in discussion but is not depicted. Scariness is limited to socially awkward situations.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some mild jokes about sex.
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Some profanity is featured throughout: "f--k," "s--t," "ass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
Sometimes features real restaurants and other businesses, but otherwise no products are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking alcohol and joking about "getting buzzed." No drug use or smoking is shown.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Rehearsal is a unique series about people who get the opportunity to rehearse pivotal or stressful moments in their lives before going through them for real. Hosted by Nathan Fielder (Nathan for You), the show is a social experiment that wrings a staggering amount of humor and suspense out of seemingly mundane conflicts. In the pilot episode, for example, a man wants to confess to his trivia team that he has lied to them about having an advanced college degree. Fielder continuously takes the project in surprising directions, building replicas of people's homes, rehearsing his own interactions, and even starting his own acting school for the actors who participate in the rehearsals. But the absurd premise also leads to moments where participants face deep obstacles and fears, even if they may seem trivial initially.
Is It Any Good?
Nathan Fielder has made a deep, personal show that makes its subjects a source of empathy rather than the butt of the joke. Fielder made his name with Nathan for You, a show that offered struggling businesses extreme ideas for turning things around, ideas like selling poo-flavored ice cream and hiring actors for sparsely-attended funerals. The Rehearsal, Fielder's long-awaited follow-up, shifts the focus from businesses to people themselves. Fielder's relentless creative energy is funneled into an obsession with creating as accurate a rehearsal as possible, which gives the series more genuinely surprising twists than any scripted drama.
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.