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What Parents Should Know About Trinkets Season 2

Head's Up Parents: Season 2 of Netflix's Trinkets May Bring Up Some Tough Conversations

TRINKETS, from left: Quintessa Swindell, Kiana Madeira, Brianna Hildebrand, (Season 2, ep. 202, aired Aug. 25, 2020). photo: Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

In Netflix's Trinkets, three high school students meet and become friends through a support group designed for shoplifters. They have their ups and downs through season one — and they find themselves in more trouble in season two. However, season two actually comes out to a pretty powerful ending, but before you let your kids watch this season, make sure you're up to speed on everything they might encounter. Ahead, we're flagging all the questionable content that might be grounds for a conversation between you and your children or any topics that might warrant you not letting them watch the show.

  • Language: As you can probably assume, with high school kids, you'll have some foul language. There are several "F" words thrown around throughout the season, but nothing overtly offencive. However, if you don't want your child watching anything with cuss words, you'll have a hard time censoring episodes, because they come up throughout.
  • Underage drinking: There are several instances of underage drinking throughout the season. A few times, the characters are visibly drunk as well.
  • Partying: A few of the underage drinking scenes are at parties, though the parties don't get too out of control. However, there are many minors drinking while underage at these parties, too.
  • Stealing: The trio of friends did meet in Shoplifters Anonymous, after all, and Elodie (Brianna Hildebrand) in particular continues to steal. However, what the show does well is acknowledging that stealing is bad. It doesn't glamorize it, so this might be a conversation to expand on with your child.
  • Domestic violence: This season touches on a lot of different aspects of domestic violence. In season one, Tabitha's (Quintessa Swindell) boyfriend Brady (Brandon Butler) was abusing her, and that's brought up again in this season through a flashback and in discussion. Brady also has a new girlfriend, and you see bruises on her as well. In one flashback, Brady yells at Tabitha and breaks a glass, injuring her. And at the end of the season, Tabitha displays pictures of her bruises at the school.
  • Racism: There are a few racist scenes where Tabitha is targeting for being Black. It's discussed openly by the characters after the fact, but the actual racist actions and words can be uncomfortable.
  • Implied sex: There are a couple scenes of heavy making out or characters in bed that imply something more than just kissing, but there's no nudity or overt sexual actions.
  • Emotional manipulation: Tabitha dates a guy who ends up manipulating her emotionally and then stealing from her. It ends up making Moe (Kiana Madeira) tell her she keeps falling in with the wrong guys and opens up a new conversation about that. The emotional manipulation isn't discussed much on the show but is worth a discussion with your children because it's highly problematic and not talked about enough.
  • Blackmail: Brady blackmails Moe, which in itself is problematic, but the blackmail scheme leads to them cheating on their schoolwork, which makes it doubly problematic. While neither of these things are encouraged on the show, they are obviously a cause for concern and something to remind your children is bad.

In the end of the season — and the series — though, Tabitha, Moe, and Elodie take control of all the manipulation they've experienced (especially Tabitha), and they call out Brady for his abuse and own up to being part of the cheating scandal at school. It's actually a pretty empowering lesson of admitting your mistakes and taking responsibility and speaking out when you've been hurt. Elodie also takes back all the things she stole and puts herself on a path to cleaning up her act.

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