Abby and Brittany



Conjoined twin docuseries is positive but voyeuristic.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights how these conjoined twins live ordinary and productive lives despite their unique physical connection. The idea that these young women -- and all people who are different -- should be treated respectfully runs throughout.

Positive role models

Abby and Brittany are very self-confident, positive, and live very independently. They have a very supportive network of friends and family, too.

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The two sometimes talk about dating and/or having children in the future.

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Ford SUVs and other vehicles are visible; the logos are not prominently displayed.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the family-friendly reality series Abby and Brittany features the conjoined twins as they finish college and set out on their adult life. It's voyeuristic like most shows of this type, but contains lots of positive messages about loving yourself, being positive, and enjoying life in a healthy and proactive way.

What's the story?

ABBY AND BRITTANY is a reality doc featuring 22-year-old conjoined twins Abby and Brittany Hensel as they finish their senior year of college at Minnesota's Bethel University and transition into their adult life. The twins, who are majoring in education to become elementary school teachers, face unique challenges as a result of sharing one body and having individual organs from the waist up. But whether it's hanging out and throwing parties with their college roommates or facing the uncertainties that come with being new college grads, the confident duo demonstrates that regardless of how people see them, they are as normal as anyone else.

Is it any good?


The series is the latest of several documentary projects featuring the Hansel twins, who have received lots of attention over the years due to the unique way that they are conjoined. There are some details offered about how they function while sharing single body, but the focus really is on Abby and Brittany's personalities, their relationship with each other, and how they socially and professionally interact with the rest of the world. Observations offered by friends and family fill out some of these details.

While the show succeeds in showing how these young women live a life that is extraordinarily ordinary, it also feels a little exploitative. But despite its voyeuristic appeal, the show contains lots of positive messages about loving and accepting who you are with grace and humor that viewers of all ages can appreciate and benefit from.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about twins. Why are some twins conjoined and others aren't? Are conjoined twins ever separated? What are some of the medical issues they may face as a result of being conjoined? What makes Abby and Brittany unique from other conjoined twins?


  • Why do you think the Hensel twins agreed to be on a reality show? Do you think the messages about how "normal" they are is best communicated in this TV format? If they weren't conjoined twins, do you think they would be interesting enough to have their own show?

  • How does the Hensel family relate to the media? What choices have they made about appearing on TV or in magazines? Why?

TV details

Cast:Abby Hensel, Brittany Hensel
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Brothers and sisters, High school
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byautumn1027 September 10, 2012

Want to be addicted to a GREAT show?! WATCH THIS! YOU WON"T REGRET IT!

VERY inspirational, shows that no matter what condition you are in or what challenges life or the world throws at you, you can do anything! LOVE this show! might not be best for very young kids who don't understand this stuff though. This is coming from a 13 year old perspective.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byRowena1997 May 5, 2013

TV show places Abby and Brittany in a positive light

I have watched both episodes in the UK and I am full of admiration for the girls. I think the show achieves what it sets out to do and shows the world how wonderful these lovely girls are despite all the challenges that they have faced and will continue to face.
Parent of a 5, 6, 7, and 11 year old Written byAnEpicGuy December 4, 2012

Surprisingly good reality TV show

Documentary about conjoined twins with Ford SUVs with "having children" references, but nothing very objectionable.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism


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