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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Full of social-emotional learning lessons. As Amber navigates difficult situations, she uses her strengths, such as drawing, to communicate and cope with upsetting feelings.
It's important to know who you are and embrace it. Never change yourself to make others like you. Sometimes things happen that are hard to understand; it's important to express your emotions. Adults make mistakes.
Positive Role Models
Amber is a very positive role model: She is empathetic toward her family and friends, and she embraces her uniqueness, expresses her emotions, and showcases her art talent.
Racially diverse cast. Amber is biracial and embraces having beautiful, curly hair. Two major themes are embracing individuality and friendship.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults share a kiss, and middle schoolers discuss having crushes on classmates.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amber Brown is a coming-of-age series produced by Bonnie Hunt (Cheaper by the Dozen). Inspired by Paula Danziger's popular same-named book series, the show follows 11-year-old Amber (Carsyn Rose) as she navigates some of life's most difficult challenges. The series is mainly live-action but frequently includes animations to express Amber's emotions. Themes include embracing your individuality, expressing yourself honestly, and friendship. The show's all-star cast, including Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy) and Michael Yo, tackle difficult and important subjects that kid viewers can take lots of lessons from.
Is It Any Good?
This warm and empathetic show is a must-see for the whole family. Kids and caregivers alike can learn and grow from watching Amber Brown. It addresses serious subject matter with care and consideration, in ways that younger kids can process and that older audiences will be moved by. Amber's journey from frustration and confusion to love and gratitude is inspiring. The characters' stories are compelling because the characters make relatable choices based on flawed, but well-intentioned, thoughts. Fans of the original book series will not be disappointed as the diverse cast of characters comes alive on-screen.
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