A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Motherhood, marriage, family, and negotiating these things effectively are all themes.
Positive Role Models
Serena Williams is committed to being a good athlete and a good mother.
Violence & Scariness
Injuries, near-fatal health problems discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pregnancy, marriage discussed.
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The occasional “damn.”
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Products & Purchases
The series promotes Serena Williams. Tennis logos like Wilson visible, but not featured. Alexis Ohanian is the co-founder of Reddit.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Being Serena is a documentary series featuring legendary athlete Serena Williams as she deals with motherhood, health issues, marriage, and the pressures of being an elite tennis player. The word "damn" is occasionally (and quietly) used, and mild exchanges are sometimes visible. Logos for Wilson, Nike, and other tennis sponsors visible in archived footage, but not prominently featured. It's an interesting glimpse into the life of a hardworking sports star's personal life, but some of the conversations may be too grown up for her younger fans.
Is It Any Good?
This intimate docu-series serves as a visual journal in which an introspective Serena Williams makes sense of the unexpected turns in her life. She shares her thoughts and reveals some of her fears about becoming a mother and wife. But as an elite athlete, Williams also finds herself negotiating her desire to be a good mother with the pressures of reconditioning her body in order to return to her sport and win more titles.
Each 30-minute installment features lots of up-close-and-personal moments, thanks to cameras following her while she has conversations with family members, goes to the hospital to give birth, and works out. But there are lots of quiet moments, too, during which time Williams breaks the fourth wall and shares some of her private thoughts about what is happening. Being Serena is a personal journey that might appeal to the curious, and which openly invites her fans to watch and enjoy.
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