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Messages are mixed: our access to Amaia's thoughts means that we hear her own self-deprecating thoughts, as well as unkind ones about other people. Still, the series champions individuality, supportive friendships, honesty, and bonds between family members.
Positive Role Models
Amaia is a typical teen girl with atypical powers; she's impatient and imperfect and often cranky to her mom as well as other authority figures like teachers. She's also a good friend, and very kind and supportive to her sister. Her friends can be playfully unkind to each other but they also spend time together and accept each other. Adults are present, but largely at the edge of the teen drama.
Most characters are European Spanish; Amaia's sister has a different dad and is multiracial. She grapples with her looks and heritage in her new small town. In a touching scene, she comes to Amaia for help straightening her hair because a boy in her class said it looked like "coochie hair." Amaia tells her people are going to have to accept her as she is because "you're the town Black woman! And nobody messes with her."
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Violence & Scariness
There's talk of bullying, and some spooky imagery: candles, dark moonlit nights, old books with spells.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex talk can be frank, like in a scene in which Amaia's school friends discuss which member of a school couple each would "f--k," one says he'd prefer a "trio." There's also talk of masturbation, pornography, getting "fingered," casual sex, and more. Couples kiss passionately in public.
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Cursing and language includes " "f--king," "s--t," "ass," as well as vulgar insults: "p---y" (meaning coward) and "fairy" (meaning gay).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drink a yellowish liquid from clear cups at a party; they clink and drink together as if it's alcohol. We see two boys exchange pot in a brief scene as Amaia's voiceover refers to a "weed dealer." At a party, a teen says to another that all the guests are drunk, in "another dimension."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that You're Nothing Special is a series produced in Spain (and originally in the Spanish language) about a teen girl who moves to a new town with her family and discovers that her late grandmother was the town witch, and she may have passed down her powers. Expect mild supernatural imagery: lit candles, teens holding hands and chanting, "spells" made of questionable materials (including a liquid that a character drinks before suffering digestive difficulties). Language is frequent; expect "f--k," "b---h," "a--hole," and "s--t." There's also insulting language, like when one character talks about being called a "p---y" (coward) and "fairy" (a gay man). Diversity is extensive: a main character is multiracial and is bullied for her ethnicity; characters talk about how she can handle the slights, and she's given support and validation for her feelings. Teens drink at parties, and there's a brief scene in which we see teens at school exchanging pot. Sexuality is frank, with discussions of masturbation, group sex, oral sex, and other mature topics, though visuals are confined to kissing.
Is It Any Good?
Light, peppy, and intriguing, this supernatural series mixes high school drama with not-of-this-earth antics, resulting in a teen-witch show that's more thoughtful than most paranormal outings. You're Nothing Special's likeable heroine carries a pleasant whiff of both Bella Swan and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Like Bella, she's a new girl everyone whispers and wonders about (an aspirational idea for many teens who feel drab and unnoticed); like Sabrina, she has something special that the others don't.
But while The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and other, similar supernatural series for teens took on dark, edgy material (demons? Blood sacrifices? Orgies?), You're Nothing Special has a milder take on magic. Amaia and her classmates are looking for love spells, to know their future, to show their bully what it's like to feel humiliated and afraid. There's equal weight on magic, who's got a crush on who, and how Amaia gets on with her family. And speaking of that family, that part of the story is unusually deep too, with both Amaia and her multiracial sister dealing with the challenges of small-minded locals, and growing closer to each other in the process. You're Nothing Special is ironically named for an atypically sensitive and affecting teen drama.
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