This Is Summer

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Teens explore SF summer in brand-sponsored reality series.

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Positive Messages

Live life to the fullest, but in ways that are positive, creative, and fun. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Teens are creative, bright, and likable, and appear privileged. 


A few (momentary) tense moments, but nothing major or dramatic. 


Crushes, romance, and relationships are frequent themes. Kissing visible. A music video features two young people in bed, but not doing anything particularly sexual. Bikinis are common. 




Hollister California sponsors the show; the logo, clothing, and accessories are integrated throughout the series. One cast member's debut album is produced, released, and promoted throughout the show.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that This Is Summer is a teen reality series produced in partnership with clothing company Hollister California. The company's clothing and accessories are fully integrated into the series, so there's some serious promotion happening. There's some sex talk, particularly as it relates to crushes and romance, and some kissing. One episode features two people in bed as part of a music video, but no sex is involved. The series has many of the standard reality-style tensions, and a few rough words like "douche," but overall it's mild enough for mature tweens with a critical understanding of what they're watching. 

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What's the story?

THIS IS SUMMER is an Awesomeness TV streaming series featuring a group of teens living their lives to the fullest in the San Francisco Bay Area. Local high schoolers Jacob, Quinn, Reid, Sofia, Salem, Sophie, and Sawyer all have different goals, like going to college, performing, and pursuing a career in music. But throughout the summer, they make time to hang out with friends, explore romance, and pursue their creative outlets. Each member of the gang is making the most of their time off from school in his or her own way, but they all find ways to enjoy their time together before they go their separate ways in the fall. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted reality series offers a chance to watch good-looking teens with big personalities having fun in the San Francisco area. Each approximately 7.5-minute episode features cast members doing things like singing karaoke, skateboarding, shopping, and even recording an album. The hip music and iconic SF Bay Area locations add to the show’s appeal. 

As with most reality shows, there are lots of contrived moments, but this one is more tween-friendly than other teen-centered shows. However, This Is Summer also serves as an integrated advertising campaign for its sponsor, Hollister California. While this is revealed on the show's website and logo, kids may not pick up on the fact that what they're watching is as promotional as it is entertaining. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways TV shows and movies market products to children and teens. Parents: How can you help your kids identify these marketing practices?

  • How does This Is Summer integrate the products sold by its sponsor? Is it easy to spot when it happens? 

  • How much of what goes on in this series is real? Based on what you see, were all the members of the cast friends before the show began? Are the activities they participate in pre-planned, or spur of the moment? How can you tell? 

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