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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork is important to survive on the soccer field and in life. It takes courage and perseverance to overcome extremely tough situations.
Positive Role Models
The Yellowjackets soccer team must deal with each other's personalities and develop ways to work successfully with each other. Jackie shows great skill as the team leader by keeping everyone connected. The team shows perseverance and courage when competing, but even more so when they become survivors of a plane crash.
The main cast are all women, which is refreshing given its action-horror genre. They aren't diverse in terms of racial makeup -- only one set of Black actresses are part of the main cast playing Taissa at different points in life (Tawny Cypress, Bailey Burr). The only other Black character prominently shown is Taissa's wife, Aiklah (Keeya King). Queer characters in main cast and same-sex relationships shown to be nuanced, complicated.
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Violence & Scariness
Horror scenes, including trapping and killing a young woman and slitting her throat and practicing cannibalism. A scene with a graphic soccer injury (with a shin bone coming out of the skin). A scene with verbal elder abuse (a threat and taking away medicine). A scene in which a character kills a rabbit offscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic sex scenes between teenage characters. A scene with an adult character masturbating to a teenager. A character describing a pep rally as giving "freshmen something to jerk off to later."
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Swear words and exclamatory use of God including "Good goddamn," "bitches," "motherf---ing," "hell," 'bulls--t," "a--holes," "f--k," "s--t," "cunt," "Jesus," "Jesus Christ," "suck a dick," "tits," "asses," "Oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Fruit by the Foot is mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes with characters drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes, taking drugs, including Valium and LSD (a character uses the reference "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"). One scene features a character's point of view when experiencing a drug-induced high.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yellowjackets is a thriller about the aftermath of a horrific plane crash that changes the lives of its survivors, a high school soccer team, forever. The show features graphic sex scenes and substance use, including references to LSD and Valium. The show also has a copious number of swear words as well as horrifying scenes, including cannibalism.
Is It Any Good?
This slow-burn of a series has a simmering mystery ready to explode to the surface as the viewer gets snippets of a harrowing story of survival, cannibalism, and horror after a plane crash. The survivors of the crash in Yellowjackets is a group of high school soccer champions, who must forget everything they knew to survive, but those memories of their time lost to society affect them years after their rescue. It's evident that there are even more secrets members of the now-adult group are trying to forget as one of them is ready to unleash vengeance.
The show starts with a solid set-up of the girls' lives before getting lost in the wilderness, with jealousies, toxic competitiveness, and general feelings of being a misfit plaguing the girls long before they embark on their nightmare trip. The cast of teens (Samantha Hanratty, Sophie Thatcher, Sophie Nélisse, Ella Purnell, Bailey Burr) convincingly and expertly take on some heavy material, including sex scenes, drug trips, and complex emotions. It makes sense to cast teen actors who can handle tough themes, since the adult versions of the characters, played by Melanie Lynskey, Christina Ricci, Tawny Cypress, Keeya King and Juliette Lewis, show why they are veterans of the acting world. Lynskey redeems herself from the atrocity that is The Lady of the Manor and reminds viewers of her immense talent. Lewis and Ricci both give off brewing, off-kilter anger that makes them the series' wildcards. But Cypress, who portrays the adult Taissa, now a politician, might be the most dangerous of all since her calculating, cold nature -- a trait from her teenage years -- is clearly hiding something viewers might not be expecting. Overall, Yellowjackets is a brutal coming-of-age story for adults who must reckon with the sins they committed to survive.
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