A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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 & Scariness
Murder is a theme. A violent car crash and a strange decapitation process is shown. Suicide is discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual content, including simulated sex acts and nudity. One episode features strange potty humor.
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Frequent use of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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