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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Edgy animated series has far-out plot, real emotion.

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Positive Messages

Themes of empathy and compassion are clear, with strong and positive relationships between characters, who spend lots of time together and communicate with each other honestly and thoughtfully. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters, particularly Alma, make many mistakes, and are often unkind to each other. But they atone for their errors and apologize, vowing (and succeeding) to do better in the future. The family at the center of this series is biracial; some cultural content such as a mother asking her daughter if she's going to bleach her upper lip before a party. A main character is mostly deaf and wears a hearing aid; her hearing aid is shown at length and a debate about cochlear implants is a factor in her backstory. A character communicates in ASL. 


Violence is infrequent but can be sudden and shocking, like when a character is in a car accident and is thrown around the car with a bloody mouth; she then is in a coma and is said to have almost died. A prominent death is investigated and it turns out it may have been a murder. 


Sexual content is not frequent or prominent, but characters do get drunk and play Truth or Dare (with kissing and one character in a bra), and a couple kiss in bed before she jokingly "humps his butt." 


Cursing and language is infrequent but includes "f--king," "s--t," and "sucks."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Scenes take place in bars with characters doing shots of name-brand liquor and ordering elaborate cocktails; characters get drunk, dance around a bar, play a silly game of Truth or Dare and do other things they wouldn't do when sober, including vomiting into a dirty toilet afterwards. A photo of a character smoking sets off a plot point. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Undone is an animated series about a woman whose perception of reality changes after she's in a car accident. Mental illness, a disability (hearing loss), family secrets, and the violent death of one family member all play a role in this surreal series, which is something of a murder mystery. Characters drink too much in several scenes, including one that ends up with two characters half-naked and kissing. Sexual content also includes several scenes of a character in her bra, once kissing and jokingly humping her boyfriend in bed. Violence is minimal: A character gets into a car accident, and viewers see her body whipping around, with a little bit of blood flying from her mouth; she's then shown in a hospital bed with a bandaged forehead. Images of a past suicide attempt are visible, including blood coming from a slit wrist. Language is infrequent but does include "f--king" and "s--t." A diverse mix of characters is at the center of the action here, including a Latinx main character who uses a hearing aid, as well as her family members and friends who try to support her. Themes of empathy and compassion are evident in the way characters' problems and issues are treated carefully and with respect. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written byFrankie3211 July 8, 2020

Astonishing rotoscoped animation; clever and uncliched story

At least have a look at the amazing rotoscoped animation!
The story is complicated, involving a sort of time travel, as it is intended for adults, but it is unc... Continue reading
Adult Written byjamie27s September 16, 2019

Some language, interesting concept, not for kids

I'm on episode 2 and there have been 3 F-words and some interesting sexual references. Very interesting concept and well done, but not for kids or those se... Continue reading

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What's the story?

When a brutal accident sets off intense visions from her past and visits from her dead father (Bob Odenkirk), Alma's (Rosa Salazar) perception of reality is utterly UNDONE. When we first meet her, Alma's prickly exterior hides the pain she's felt ever since her father died mysteriously some years earlier; she's even tart to her loving (if demanding) mother (Constance Marie) and sister Becca (Angelique Cabral), not to mention her sweet boyfriend Sam (Siddharth Dhananjay). But when her family's skeletons start falling from the closet, Alma finds she has to reckon with her past if she hopes to embrace her future. 

Is it any good?

Far out and absolutely beautiful to look at, this ambitious series unfolds like a fever dream but stays perfectly grounded thanks to relatable, realistic characters. There's a moment in Undone's first episode that crystallizes how beautifully true to life this series is. Arriving home from a chaotic night with her sister, she starts pulling off her clothes on the way into bed when she catches her balance on a piano, curses as the keys emit a few notes, and hops away. People on TV don't usually accidentally lean on pianos. It's a small moment but it feels so real, and Alma feels real -- and then she starts having visions of her dead father, and darned if they don't feel real too (Bob Odenkirk's outrageously lovable presence certainly doesn't hurt). 

Alma has questions, and she knows her family has secrets; her lifelong simmering anger has been the price she's paid for keeping the peace. But now she's become unstuck in time, and so we see her seesawing back in forth from her 28-year-old self to an earlier Alma, who didn't pick up on the clues that were there around her. And it all takes place against fantastical backgrounds: a Halloween streetscape with glowing lanterns, riverside in San Antonio beside a lighted bridge, a starry sky Alma floats through, unmoored. You've never seen anything like this, so be sure you see it. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the choice to use animation in Undone. What types of scenes does animation make possible? What visuals are powerful when animated but might look fake or silly in live action? How does the look of this show enhance the emotional content? 

  • The death of a loved one is often a catalyst for change in movies and TV shows. What examples can you name? Why is death a powerful motivator, both cinematically and for real people? 

  • How does Alma show compassion and empathy for the people in her life, and how do they show these qualities to her? Why are these important character strengths?

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