Becoming You

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Sweet family-friendly child development docuseries.

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Positive Messages

It shows how children develop an individual identity during their first 2,000 days of life. Issues like physical development and mobility, gender identification, and socialization are briefly discussed. 

Positive Role Models

Parents and caregivers are shown taking care of their children in ways that are in accordance with their cultures’ customs and traditions. 

Violence & Scariness

Young children sometimes throw tantrums or wrestle with each other, as is normal. During the opening credits, a woman is shown laboring and delivering a child -- no nudity is shown. There’s some blood visible after the baby is born. 

Sexy Stuff

Gender distinctions and social norms are discussed briefly in different ways. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Becoming You is a family-friendly docuseries that follows children from all over the world from infancy to the age of five. It discusses key stages in children’s self-identity creating process, including recognizing gender differences. The opening credits show a woman delivering a baby (but there's nothing explicit), and the newborn has some blood on it. Children are seen falling, crying, and sometimes roughhousing, as is normal, but no one gets hurt. Children are raised in accordance to the cultures and customs from the communities from which they come. 

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Kid, 12 years old May 19, 2021

This show is good for adults and young kids

This is a great Family show. Older kids and adults enjoy learning about children all over the world, and little kids like seeing other little kids. Did you know... Continue reading

What's the story?

Told through the eyes of 100 children from around the world, BECOMING YOU is a documentary series that shows how each of us forms a unique identity from the moment we are born until we turn five years of age. It shows how during those first 2,000 days of life, babies go from not understanding they are an individual person to developing their likes, dislikes, and unique personalities as they learn how to talk, move, think, and love. From Tokyo, Japan to Bajau Village in Borneo, actress Olivia Colman narrates as we watch children take key physical, mental, and emotional steps in building their own identity.  

Is it any good?

This sweet series reveals how humans go from immobile, helpless babies who don’t understanding that they are individual people, to five year olds who have a sense of self-identity. It showcases the natural developmental stages kids go through while highlighting what is learned behavior and what is innate in all of us. Issues like gender fluidity, understanding social norms, and the different ways that children assess their place in the world are also addressed. 

Becoming You is beautifully produced and family friendly. But each episode is organized by theme, rather than developmental stage, so many of the children’s growth experiences are only briefly mentioned, never to be seen again. As a result, you're left wanting to know more about some of them, while forgetting about the longer featured stories altogether. Some viewers might find this tiresome, but if you’re interested in learning what makes us who we are at an early age, it's definitely worth your time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the different stages of early childhood development impact our identity-forming process. What does Becoming You highlight as the key moments in this process?

  • How does media impact the way we create our identities during early childhood? Does the amount of screen time babies are exposed to impact their self-identity formation during the next few years?

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