Becoming

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Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media
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Feel-good docu series tells stories of celebs' success.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about perseverance and what it takes to be a professional athlete or entertainer.

Positive Messages

Episodes emphasize the importance of hard work and perseverance. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aspirational celebrities talk about how they achieved success via hard work, but also talk about tough emotions when things were hard. Featured celebrities are fairly diverse.

Violence & Scariness

Moderate sadness: Featured celebrities talk about some tough moments in their lives like losing loved ones or being involved in a serious accident, and some cry about these tough times. 

Sexy Stuff

Mentions of romantic love, also one episode mentions the lead character finding out she's expecting a baby.

Language
Consumerism

Mentioning some brands by name, also some athlete uniforms have visible logos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Becoming is a positive documentary series that tells the stories of how celebrity athletes and entertainers persevered and rose to the top of their professions. In telling their stories, some of the celebrities show moderate sadness when talking about things like a loved one dying or being involved in a serious accident. There are also mentions of romantic love, and the lead character in one episode finds out she's expecting a baby. While there isn't any overt product placement, some brands are mentioned by name, and some athletic uniforms have visible logos.

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What's the story?

In BECOMING, a documentary series executive produced by LeBron James, star athletes and entertainers tell the stories of how they became who they are today. Season One includes profiles of WNBA star Candace Parker, actor Caleb McLaughlin, dancer Julianne Hough, and more. Each episode starts from the very beginning, accompanying the celebrity back to their hometown and talking to their family, teachers, and coaches. There's lots of behind-the-scenes archival footage and photos, and interviews with people who helped the star succeed. The athletes and celebs talk about the setbacks they overcame on their way to success, and share stories of how they achieved their dreams. 

Is it any good?

Kids who are into sports, music, or acting will like learning about celebrities who did the impossible and rose to the top of their professions. The stories in Becoming are inspiring and show how the stars' tremendous amounts of perseverance and grit are the secrets to their success. The stars are pretty open and honest in their interviews, and so they also do a great job of showcasing the not-so-fun parts of being an elite athlete or entertainer. While the feel-good series is appropriate for young kids, many of the celebrities featured on the show aren't well known by young kids and will likely appeal more to their parents. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the hard work it takes to become successful, and the sacrifices that are sometimes made. Do you have any aspirations at this point in your life that have forced you to make hard decisions?

  • During their rise to success, these celebrities had to overcome a lot of obstacles. When is a time you had to show perseverance and keep going even when things got hard?

  • Do you feel especially drawn to any specific celebrity or athlete in Becoming? If so, what is it about their story or their talent that you find so compelling?

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