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TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Mature dystopian comedy about tech, humanity, and murder.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Highlights potential impact technology and technology-based companies will have on our society in the future. Relationships, both human or otherwise, are explored. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Neither Nathan nor Nora are perfect as they navigate both real and virtual worlds, but both care about their friends and family. Allegra is a narcissist. Luke appears unstable. Not all guests handle their virtual hotel stays well. 

Violence

Murder is a theme. A violent car crash and a strange decapitation process is shown. Suicide is discussed. 

Sex

Strong sexual content, including simulated sex acts and nudity. One episode features strange potty humor. 

Language

Frequent use of "f--k."

Consumerism

Companies like Panera and Facebook are discussed. Oscar Mayer, Dunkin, Bloomingdales, Frito-Lay, and other contemporary logos are consistently and obviously visible. Amazon logo and website prominently shown. All is offered as a way to articulate the way tech has transformed economy and retail. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer, champagne, other alcohol consumed. Negative consequences of vaping are referenced. Stem cell shots are administered for beautification purposes. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Upload is a dystopian comedy series about a man who gets uploaded into a virtual world after his death. It's pretty mature, with sexual content that includes simulated sex acts with nudity, lots of uses of "f--k," and violent moments including car crashes, decapitations, and suicide. A murder mystery is part of the plot, and drinking is visible. There are lots of references to major companies (Facebook, Panera, etc.), and logos for products ranging from Frito-Lay and Orbit gum to Amazon are prominently displayed. 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParent 225 May 12, 2020

Thought-provoking but not for kids

This would be a fun, discussion-provoking show for families with older children to watch together BUT for the totally unnecessary visuals of explicit sex. I wo... Continue reading
Adult Written byzhouzhou May 9, 2020

EXTREMELY vulgar

The idea is really interesting, and it has some funny moments, but it is really over the top inappropriate, before even the first episode is finished there are... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byPuggggggg May 7, 2020

Soooo goood

I went in to this thinking it would be like the office but it is better a great mystery but some sex lad language
Kid, 12 years old May 25, 2020

A cross between the good place, and black mirror, Better for the parents

I was super excited to watch this when it came out,and I was not disappointed.the show was super interesting in how it portrayed technology as of 2033. showing... Continue reading

What's the story?

From the creator of The Office comes UPLOAD, a futuristic dark comedy that offers a glimpse of what heaven could like in the not-so-distant future. It's 2033, and Nora Antony (Andy Allo) is a customer service representative for the Horizon Lakeview virtual reality hotel, one of the more luxurious VR hotels available for folks to live in digital eternity. When Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell), a 20-something Los Angeles coder, is uploaded to Lakeview after being involved in a self-driving car crash in Los Angeles, Nora is assigned to him as his "angel" and gently tries to guide his transition into cyberheaven. It's a nice place, but Nathan's activities are limited by Lakeview's strict rules, and by his still-living girlfriend, Ingrid (Allegra Edwards), who is financing his afterlife in hopes of joining him later. Meanwhile, his new digital friend Luke (Kevin Bigley) continues to remind him of how dysfunctional their artificial lives are. But Nora, who wants to qualify for an employee discount, is going out of her way to support her new client. She soon finds herself getting more involved with Nathan than expected, and uncovers information that suggests that her new client's death may not have been accidental. 

Is it any good?

This fun comedy series mixes the elements of dystopian sci-fi with a good murder mystery to produce a story world with a strong cynical edge. It not-so-subtly points to a near future in which technology plays a part in every part of our lives (and if you can afford it, our afterlives), but without reducing the need for human connections. In doing so, it relies on everyday contemporary experiences to keep the story going, whether it be creating a virtual hotel experience where clients are encouraged to spend more money on perks, or allowing major tech-driven retail corporations to take over our lives.

Upload isn't as sharply written as some of creator Greg Daniels' other work (think Parks and Recreation), but it still offers a fair share of laugh-worthy moments. Meanwhile, the human connection established between Nathan and Nora, and the whodunit mystery that evolves as a result, gives the show a sense of purpose that goes beyond pointing out how dysfunctional our lives may potentially get as we attempt to replace reality with digital inventiveness. Overall, it's a smart and entertaining binge-worthy series that's worth tuning in to. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Upload portrays our society less than two decades into our future. According to the show, what impact will the way that we use digital technology today to learnsocialize, and do other things have on our society in 2033? Is this a good or bad thing? 

  • What technological advances would you like to see in 20 years? Which ones do you think we should do without? Are there ways that we can prevent certain technological improvements and upgrades from happening? 

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