Trinkets

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Sensitive teen shoplifting drama has sex, crime, friendship.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

A mixed bag. Series explores self-awareness, expression; in some cases, teens' experiments with "finding themselves" result in positive growth. However, peer pressure often swings the other way, leading kids into negative situations like underage drinking, stealing. On the plus side, it does show realistic implications of much of this behavior. Other serious issues like intimate partner abuse and marital infidelity are handled in a thoughtful, sensitive way.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters can be cruel to each other, but also supportive and sensitive, providing a listening ear and friendly affection. Cast is quite diverse; characters of color have strong, central roles. A character is gay and is accepted, liked by those around her. Parents are fallible, often the source of trouble, but sometimes come through with the right amount of support when it's called for. 

Violence

Violence is infrequent, but in at least one subplot, a boy abuses his girlfriend verbally and emotionally and grabs her roughly despite her asking him to stop. In another scene, she tells him he's hurting her by pulling her hair during sex and he responds that he's "almost done," and doesn't stop. This plotline becomes a pivot for the emotional growth of the girl. 

Sex

A couple kisses in a restaurant bathroom; both begin taking off clothing, presumably for sex. In another scene, we see a boy and girl, their genitals obscured by sheets, moving rhythmically together (that scene also has implications of domestic violence; see "Violence"). Teens go together to an "adult" toy store and talk about the merchandise there, including vibrators and penis rings; one takes out a vibrator alone at home, and then camera cuts to an outside view of her house as we hear buzzing sounds. 

Language

Language and cursing includes "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," "goddamn," and "d--k." 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens drink from Solo cups at a party, play what looks to be beer pong, and chant "Drink, drink, drink." One character uses a vape pen in the school bathroom.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Trinkets is a drama about a trio of teen girls who become friends after meeting at Shoplifters Anonymous. The content is mature but appropriate for older teen viewers. Intimate partner violence is core to one story; a boy grabs his girlfriend roughly and refuses to stop having sex when he's pulling her hair and hurting her. Sexual content includes scenes in which teens visit an adult store and look at and buy toys (including a vibrator and a penis ring) and one in which two teens have sex underneath a sheet -- no graphic nudity is shown, but viewers do see rhythmic movements. Expect both opposite- and same-sex kissing. A party scene shows teens drinking from Solo cups and urging each other to "Drink, drink, drink"; a character uses a vape pen in one scene. Serious topics like stealing and marital infidelity are handled in a thoughtful, respectful way, and a main character's LGBTQ sexuality is accepted easily by her friends. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "goddamn," and "d--k." 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAscend87 June 17, 2019

Great! But one thing is bothering me. Does anyone else feel weird about the age gaps?

I was totally fine with the challenging topics that this show brings up. Seeing domestic violence if it is not gratuitous can be helpful to start conversations... Continue reading
Adult Written byKassah June 18, 2019

A bingeworthy teen watch

I think it’s nice easy light watch that deals with lots of mature subjects but shows consequences and shows girl power and girls getting along instead of tearin... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDarkridge__ June 14, 2019

Anyone could watch it really

There is no sex what so ever just a lot of kissing. Wouldn’t recommend watching it with your parents as they do go to a sex shop and things like that but honest... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySense13 September 26, 2019

Great!

Accurately depicts Portland modern life, with great characters.

What's the story?

Though Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand), Moe (Kiana Madeira), and Tabitha (Quintessa Swindell) don't have a lot in common, they share a bad habit: They all steal TRINKETS when they're feeling stressed. But when they're caught at it, the trio winds up in Shoplifter's Anonymous, where they forge a strong friendship. Elodie is damaged from the recent death of her mom and is struggling with the baggage that comes with being a young queer girl; Moe has to act tough to hide how frightened and sad she is inside; Tabitha has troubles with her family and her boyfriend, Brady (Brandon Butler), who seems to be ramping up to physical abuse. But at least they have each other. 

Is it any good?

With appealing actors and relatable storylines, this series scores by treating its characters' concerns seriously, without descending into the mopiness that plagues some teen shows. Tabitha, Moe, and Elodie are troubled, true -- the Shoplifters Anonymous frame may have clued you in -- with teachers, and friends, and parents who hand them hassles. But the friendship between the three girls, though it begins contentiously, soon emerges as something strong and supportive that each can rely on to carry them through their (many) difficult moments. It's a framework teen viewers, who have their own monumentally important friendships, will find engaging. 

The sensitive writing is Trinkets' best feature, with an uncanny grasp of how adolescents show each other acceptance and, most often, contempt. As the new kid in town, Elodie is subject to plenty of the latter: As she walks through the hallways of her new school gazing wistfully at peers who refuse to gaze back, viewers might be forgiven for wincing in pained recognition. Other things about this show go down easily, too. The cast's clothing is casual, hairstyles and makeup are realistic, the locations look real -- and since Trinkets is filmed, not just set, in Portland, Oregon, that setting takes on a naturalistic air that adds to the show's real feel. The trio of main characters feel like teens you might know, or at least ones you want to hang out with for a few fast-moving episodes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about stereotyping. What instances of stereotyping exist in Trinkets? Do the characters reflect the groups you see among your peers? To what degree is stereotyping necessary for the comedy to be effective?

  • Teens: Do you find your peer pool to be mostly inclusive or exclusive? Can social media be a curse as well as a blessing? How does our constant connection to other people via cell phones cause stress? On the other hand, what are the benefits of this culture?

  • Families can discuss the issues raised in each episode. How do drinking, smoking, and other adult behaviors differ between what you see among people your age and the characters in this show? How are the issues you face and those on the show similar? Can you relate to their struggles with peers and self-image?

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