Parents' Guide to

Young Royals

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Realistic class-focused teen drama has mature content.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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age 14+

Based on 116 parent reviews

age 15+

Great LGBTQIA+ Show

Young Royals is very real and raw from how the actors have acne to how their emotions are portrayed. The series also presses many questions like if monarchy is beneficial for society. On the other hand there is a lot of substance abuse (getting drunk on moonshine and high on various drugs) and sex ( anal sex, handjobs and making out is shown). Doing drugs and dealing drugs however is not overly glorified in this show the same way as others. Sex and drugs aside this show is about two teens(18 year olds) who fall in love.
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age 10+

Love this show not as bad as parents say.

Love the diversity and LGBTQIA factor. This show isn’t that inappropriate. There’s language and sex. It it’s not that bad. Love this show.

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Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (116 ):
Kids say (416 ):

Naturalistic and gripping, this Swedish import transcends the cliché it could have been and becomes something more unusual: a teen drama that actually feels like it could be telling a true story. When we first meet Prince Wilhelm, he's brawling in a club; moments later, he's being called on the carpet, literally, by his parents, tasked with giving a public apology for his mistakes of the night before, and announcing his enrollment at the elite boarding school his brother attended. And so the plot of Young Royals is set into motion, with privileged teens behaving badly, improbably riotous teen parties, boarding school bullies, and all the other tropes of glitzy series about rich kids in trouble. And yet, the show's filming style alerts the viewer that something different is afoot here: The lighting is realistic, not glossy; the characters have texture to their skin (and zits!); the teens look awkward and imperfect, like they're the right age for their roles (star Edvin Ryding was born in 2003).

There's something fascinating, too, in all the posturing -- high school personal politics with a large dash of classism. Wilhelm's classmate Felice (Nikita Uggla), the richest of rich girls, intends to marry a noble and kisses up to Wilhelm shamelessly; the interest of Wilhelm's cousin August isn't enough. "His sons won't be princes and princesses," she sniffs. Simon, as a "non-res" (meaning that he lives in town and attends classes at the school by day), is constantly reminded of his status. And yet Wilhelm, given enormous privilege due to his title, is no happier; one of Young Royals' strengths is that it puts his misery on full display as he's directed to repeat actions for clicking cameras and otherwise display royal deportment at all times. Being a teen is hard, and it appears that being a royal teen is even harder (if more luxe), but it sure is fun to watch.

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